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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I thought this book was about the rivers themselves--perhaps she had floated these rivers and was writing about the sights and scenes. My mistake. Read morePublished on February 9, 2007 by B. McMillan
In the essay in which the author describes her initial encounter with graduate level philosophy, Kathleen Moore gave away a major distinction between herself and myself ... Read morePublished on June 3, 2000 by M. J. Smith
This is excellent, engaging writing.Moore unfolds bits of her life as she takes us along various rivers. The result is poignant, memorable stories inspired by life outdoors.Published on April 27, 1999