Unsolaced: Book summary and reviews of Unsolaced by Gretel Ehrlich

Unsolaced

Along the Way to All That Is

by Gretel Ehrlich

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Unsolaced by Gretel Ehrlich
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2021
    256 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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From the author of the enduring classic The Solace of Open Spaces, here is a wondrous meditation on how water, light, wind, mountain, bird, and horse have shaped her life and her understanding of a world besieged by a climate crisis.

Amid species extinctions and disintegrating ice sheets, this stunning collection of memories, observations, and narratives is acute and lyrical, Whitmanesque in breadth, and as elegant as a Japanese teahouse. "Sentience and sunderance," Ehrlich writes. "How we know what we know, who teaches us, how easy it is to lose it all." As if to stave off impending loss, she embarks on strenuous adventures to Greenland, Africa, Kosovo, Japan, and an uninhabited Alaskan island, always returning to her simple Wyoming cabin at the foot of the mountains and the trail that leads into the heart of them.

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"Erlich's memories, rendered in rich, lyrical language, make for a moving ode to a changing planet." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[An] intimate, engaging memoir...A vigorous plea for responsible environmental stewardship and a treat for all fans of nature writing." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Gripping...Ehrlich chronicles with enthralling precision the to-the-brink physicality of hard work and daring expeditions and the meditative states nature summons...Writing with fire and ice of beauty, risk, and devastation, Ehrlich shares wonder, wisdom, candor, and concern to soul-ringing effect." - Booklist (starred review)

"In spare, yet poetic writing, Ehrlich explores how we find peace both at home and abroad...Recommended for fans of Ehrlich's other works, or those interested in climate change observation." - Library Journal

"Gretel Ehrlich's account of her journeys in far flung parts of the natural world have the emotional intensity and scrupulous detail of someone looking for home. Compelled to share her hopes for success, the reader will discover a thrilling, informative, hard won book. - Thomas McGuane, author of Ninety-Two in the Shade

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Gretel Ehrlich

Gretel Ehrlich is the author of Facing the Wave, The Future of Ice, Heart Mountain, The Solace of Open Spaces, and This Cold Heaven, among other works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Ehrlich studied at Bennington College and UCLA film school. She divides her time between Montana and Hawaii.

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