A collection of essays first published to critical acclaim in 1986, Having Everything Right
revolves around the history, folklore, and physical beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Kim Stafford writes poetic and evocative prose as he reflects on such subjects as Indian place names, bears, and local eccentrics. An essay titled "Pine, Fir, Cedar, Yew," begins with Stafford describing his workbench, which he fashioned from scavenged boards, and slowly turns into a beautifully rendered meditation on wood. "Any table of virgin fir, any maple chair, any oak floor is a bundle of stories," Stafford writes, artfully pointing out what most of us would never take time to notice.
From Library Journal
"Having Everything Right" is not just an Indian place name but the summation of a way of living on earth in a spirit of harmony, gratitude, and adventure. Within this patchwork quilt of personal reminiscences and stories are Nez Perce Indian battles, lone treks into the wilderness, the stirring of family myth, and conversations with "outcast eccentrics." A poetic eye to nature and personal biography knit together themes and ideas, which range from the unique fragility of the earth to the breadth and courage of the human spirit. As the essays illustrate, when you have everything right you know at once the limits of materialism and what are the truly good things of earth. This book received a Western States Book Awards Citation for Excellence. Recommended for most collections. Carol J. Lichtenberg, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
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