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Tahoe beneath the Surface: The Hidden Stories of America's Largest Mountain Lake Paperback – October 1, 2010
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''I urge readers to dive into this book headfirst and to allow its currents to carry them along. Bravo, Lankford, bravo! This book will take me back to Tahoe and enable me to see it as though for the first time.''--Jonah Raskin, author of Natives, Newcomers, Exiles, Fugitives: Northern California Writers and their Work, and a professor of communication studies at Sonoma State University
''This book is pure pleasure. Equally at home in nature and culture, the past and the present, Scott Lankford reflects on Tahoe from the deep geological past to contemporary ecological threats, writing about all of it with a lover's fervor and respect, a keen eye, and sparkling wit....I learned something new on every page.''--Tom Lutz, author of Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America; editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books
''Sparkling like the lake itself, this is a revealing depiction of the characters and forces that have shaped one of our national treasures. A compelling read to keep Tahoe Blue.''--Dr. Leo E. Chavez, superintendent and president, Sierra College
''A must read for anyone interested in Lake Tahoe, and, for that matter, for anyone interested in a good story of a particular landscape, in this case the largest mountain lake in America.'' --Greg Sarris, chairman, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria; author of Grand Avenue and Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream
About the Author
Raised in Colorado, Scott Lankford got lost en route to Stanford University and spent much of the next ten years as a maintenance man, musician, and mountaineering guide at Lake Tahoe. After joining the 1985 American Everest West Ridge Expedition, he completed a Ph.D. in modern thought and literature with a dissertation on John Muir. Currently a professor of English at Foothill College, in California's Silicon Valley, he has also served as Foothill's dean of Language Arts and codirector of the Foothill College Center for a Sustainable Future.
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When I first began reading this book, I was intrigued about what my former professor did before coming to California to teach English composition and writing. Diving into the first few pages, I was surprised to learn that my former professor had spent nearly 10 years working part-time around the lake. What seemed like a small detour became an entirely different expedition for him to have experienced. Hearing his experience has ensured me that my life after college will be full of adventures to unknown territories.
As a college student studying in the sciences, I am greatly concerned about the well-being of planet Earth and its inhabitants. I see parks and landscapes become demolished; I see animals of all kinds of species become extinct before my very eyes. In addition, I have concerns of how others currently perceive the situation. I see friends from my previous high school travel to Lake Tahoe every year. None of them have a clue about what is going on and what is happening to it. No matter how hard I try to convince them to pay attention about the current issues, I am always given a silent response.
This book helped me break through their silence. This book, while not solely based on environmental degradation, talks about the history of Lake Tahoe and its impact on American society. In the book, Scott Lankford illustrates how Lake Tahoe has been shared by a variety of people. The book has ancient stories over the past many years. Its aesthetics has impacted the lives of famous individuals, such as Mark Twain, and its presence continues to influence the lives of many people today. I managed to share content about the book with other people while successfully pulling their attention away from a variety of distractions.
Furthermore, the author creatively illustrates readers the importance of losing Lake Tahoe. Environmental changes are becoming more noticeable and current scientific research points that the lake is dying. We need more people to understand the issue going on and we need more people to help resolve the problem.
I am grateful for having time to have read this book. It has given me the opportunity to realize the importance of Lake Tahoe and its history. More importantly, I am more grateful for having Scott Lankford as teacher. He has given me the opportunity to perceive the world differently. He has expanded my vision about what I want to do in the future.
We can all continue to question about our future and stress about our lives. We can all go back to our smart phones; we can become excited about how the new iPhone doesn’t have headphone jack. We can all sit and watch our home turn into dust and ruins. But “come hell or high water, we’ll need these ancient stories to survive.”