The self-deprecating tone, Internet savvy, and twenty-something youthfulness of the author should make this text especially appealing to the millennial generation in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Don Scheese Gustavus Adolphus College Doreen Pfost, This River Beneath the Sky: A Year on the Platte. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2016. 180 pp. Paper, $18.95. This River Beneath the Sky reads like an ode to sandhill cranes in the style of Aldo Leopoldâs Sand County Almanac. How fitting. Leopold was born in Iowa but produced his seminal work of ecological prose in Wisconsin. Pfost was likewise a transplant on the sandy banks of Nebraskaâs Platte River. Pfost moved to south-central Nebraska because of her husbandâs career. She admits an initial lack of appreciation for her new home. To escape a depressive funk, she began volunteering at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary between Grand Island and Kearneyâa place of crucial importance to sandhill crane conservation and tourismâsituated along the Platte River, a âdreary, inconstant river that, as if through lack of initiative, followed the route of the interstate systemâ (5). Her initial attitude soon changes. Pfost embraces fly-over country and comes to perceive the
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