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Kathleen Dean Moore is a stunning new voice among the literary naturalists. Her writing, like that of Annie Dillard or Edward Hoagland, shows us a vast, complex, partly hidden and startling world that has always been right before our eyes. In these twenty elegant and provocative essays, she invites us to travel through the West with her, and often with her family, as she rafts down rapids, hikes through dunes, camps in the desert, and walks along riverbanks. All along the way, she shares her remarkable observations about the life - both human and otherwise - that is sustained by rivers. Moore ponders love, loss, motherhood, happiness, evolution, and country music with ease and acuity.Moore is a philosopher by training and a naturalist by sentiment. The way in which she sees the world and way in which she gracefully imparts how she sees it, is a mixture of both disciplines: part keen analysis, part sumptuous embrace, of all that she sees, hears, and feels in the moving water of rivers and of memory.The result is Riverwalking, a collection that is enlightening, moving, and brilliantly conceived. (61/4 X 91/4, 180 pages)
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Kathleen Dean Moore is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. She is also the author of A Field Guide to Inductive Arguments.
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Product Details

  • Series: Harvest Book
  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest Books (August 26, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156004615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156004619
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title of this book is what caught my eye - as a kid, I loved walking in rivers, feeling the water rushing against my skin - I still do.
Although there are plenty of rivers running through the essays in this book, there is more to them than that. My favorite essay is the chapter dedicated to the merits of "poking around". It gives a fantastic justification of spending a day doing absolutely nothing - my kind of day!
This is the kind of book that you read in more than one sitting. When you're stuck somewhere you don't want to be - when you're feeling stifled - when all you want to do is escape somewhere to your own little universe - that's the time to read a chapter of this book. If you can't get away to spend a weekend in the mountains, reading these essays is the next best thing.
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I love rivers. I think that we can learn everything that we need to know about life from them. Apparently Kathleen Dean Moore agrees. In this beautiful collection of essays, Moore catches and expresses the beauty of the wandering river with a poetic presentation that left me wanting more. I appreciate how she sees the world, how she extrapolates wisdom from nature, how she loves with such passion yet allows her humanity and the questions that may not have answers space to be. Buy everything that she has written. It will keep you enthralled for at least a week, if you read though her books as fast as I did.
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Writing with clarity and purpose is difficult, but Kathleen Dean Moore has mastered the craft in Riverwalking. Her essays are both simple and complex as they mix her experiences in the natural world with her philosophical questions about life.
She is at her best in the essay, "The John Day River", where she questions a universal balance between happiness and despair. She wonders if the joy of cowboys who park their trucks in wheat fields and turn up their radios "to dance in the headlights" (page 20) enjoy themselves at another's expense. In her casual, but eloquent style she questions the possibility of Nature collecting a debt, payable by sickness or sorrow charged to one (her own father's hospitalization, perhaps) to cover the cost of happiness for another.
Kathleen Dean Moore is a gifted essayist. She has found a beautiful confluence where her philosophical questions empty into the deep ocean of nature writing. She has earned her place as one of the genre's very best.
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Read an interview with Kathleen Moore in the "Sun" magazine and was curious to read some of her books. This book was insightful and I'm glad she has decided that life and philosophy indeed co-exist.
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Kathleen Moore is my favorite author. She writes beautifully and perceptively about the relationship between humans and the natural world, and how that influences relationships between people. I ordered "Riverwalking" because my original copy is somehow missing. I can highly recommend her other books, "Holdfast" and "The Pine Island Paradox."
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"Reflections" in the subtitle is very descriptive of this collection of essays. Very serene musings. In this book, Moore is very perceptive. Conveys very well how oneself fits into everything in one's surroundings. Very descriptive observations. Good balance of observations and musings. Sometimes books of this genre are closer to a collection of random thoughts that are not necessarily interesting to others. This book is not like that. Just enough details of places to make it substantive and interesting, and just enough musings to get one thinking somewhat along the same lines.
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