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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star Trade (September 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410402436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410402431
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,176,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie is invited by her old friend, Angie, to go on a river trip through the Grand Canyon with three other women. She is reluctant to leave her Montana ranch and taciturn husband. Making the trip could jeopardize their marriage, but she decides to go when he doesn't seem to object, and Angie insists. Laurie brings her journal, and she recounts her journey with great emotion as she feels herself connecting to her new surroundings with the help of the expert guides. Laurie feels herself expanding and reaching out to the land, the beauty of which the guides truly understand, but the camaraderie among the women starts to deteriorate, and Laurie finds that she may not understand her friend Angie as well as she thought. The vivid details bring the landscape and the thrill of rafting into focus as each traveler is affected differently by the environment, experiences echoed in the poetry Buyer includes in this spiritually angled tour of a revered place, an autobiographical novel that brings the Grand Canyon's unique beauty to life. Patty Engelmann
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"The result is lyrical poetry and prose that captures a woman's life in the West, and lifts the reader into realms of beauty and kinship."
--Richard S. Wheeler, Spur Award-winning author (September 2004)

"...will captivate even the most sedate reader."
--W.C. Jameson, Author and Professional Treasure Hunter (September 2004)

"This is a rich book - poetic, inspirational, insightful - that can change the reader as well as having changed the writer!"
--Linda Seger, author of Making A Good Script Great, Making A Good Writer Great, Creating Unforgettable Characters (September 2004)

"...a page-turner."
--Paulette Jiles, author of the best selling novel Enemy Women (September 2004)

"The vivid details bring the landscape and the thrill of rafting into focus as each traveler is affected differently by the environment, experiences echoed in the poetry Buyer includes in this spiritually angled tour of a revered place, an autobiographical novel that brings the Grand Canyon's unique beauty to life."
--Booklist (November 2004) (Booklist 20041101) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Poet, memoirist, and novelist Laurie Wagner Buyer Jameson spent over thirty years living in the backwoods and working on remote ranches in the Rocky Mountain West. Now married to renowned author/singer/songwriter/professional treasure hunter W.C. Jameson they reside at Casita de Luz in the small hill country town of Llano, Texas.

Laurie has a ThD from the American Institute of Holistic Theology and an MFA in Writing from Goddard College. Her freelance articles and photographs have appeared in dozens of periodicals, journals, reviews, and anthologies. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, Glass-eyed Paint in the Rain, Red Colt Canyon, Across the High Divide, Cinch Up Your Saddle, Infinite Possibilities: A Haiku Journal, Accidental Voices, and Reluctant Traveler; a novel based on a true story, Side Canyons; and three memoirs, When I Came West, Rough Breaks: A Wyoming High Country Memoir, and Spring's Edge: A Ranch Wife's Chronicles.

Laurie has received the Beryl Markham Prize for Creative Nonfiction, the Western Writer's of America Spur Award in Poetry, has twice been named a finalist for the Colorado Book Award and three times named a finalist for the Women Writing the West Willa Cather Literary Award. She was recently awarded the ForeWord Book of the Year Award Honorable Mention for When I Came West.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Busy on November 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Four women enjoy a new-found friendship and the beginning of an adventure. But a man enters the picture, and the majestic surroundings lose their significance for some of the participants, as Laurie learns first hand when her innocent friendly gesture is misinterpreted and the harmony of female camaraderie crumbles. Astounded, Laurie finds herself accused in rivalry that she has no part of. For me, the complex and emotional relationships and the vivid images of the canyon made "Side Canyons" a delightful reading.
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By Nevada Storm on December 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
Laurie's poetry moves me more than any I have ever read. Her story of the canyon illustrates the complex dynamics of strangers and friends in an environment unlike any other. I have spent much time on the Colorado and as brilliant as Laurie's prose descriptions are, nothing can do justice to the River. It changes the lives of all that ride her. Her beauty, volatility and indifference is beyond description and any attempt at such description can only be fully apprehended by the writer. Poetic abstractions are the more effective vehicle for expressing the impact She has on those that experience Her.

The interpersonal dynamics of the women were a source of both amazement and bewilderment to me. The confrontation between Lana and Laurie was beyond the ken of most normal males. Perhaps the unisexed versions of the 90s and beyond might understand it, but the rest of us look at Lana and say "give it a rest for crying out loud."

If you have not experienced Laurie's poetry you are missing one of the most amazing literary experiences available. She writes from the heart and has had a life filled with promise and pain. Her gift is to share the promises and pain in a way that makes us look into the mirrors of our own souls.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In their mid forties, the two college friends Angie and Laurie agree to go rafting on the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. Angie is the catalyst behind the trip as Laurie, although unhappy, has doubts about the venture. She does not want to hurt her taciturn rancher spouse John by going off after just returning from a trip. Also joining them on the trip are Ava, Helen, and Gina.

At the Grand Canyon, Robb is the guide that will take the women on their voyage down the rapids. Shockingly, Laurie freed from matrimony bonds even temporarily, flirts outrageously with the younger handsome hunk while the others take in the adventures of a fabulous nine day escapade.

SIDE CANYONS is based on a real account of a woman who made the trek. The descriptions of the rafting bring out the beauty of nature while also forging a tight sisterly relationship between the women. Though the inclusion of poetry and other asides add to the feel of a journal, those entries also seems intrusive as it slows down the trip on the Colorado River. It is when the individuals ponder life in front of the grand scale of nature that fans will appreciate a fine expedition.

Harriet Klausner
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