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Nature Noir: A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra

Nature Noir: A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra
Author: Jordan Fisher Smith
ISBN 13: 9780618711956
ISBN 10: 618711953
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: 2006-05-03
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $14.95

A nature book unlike any other, Jordan Fisher Smith's startling account of fourteen years as a park ranger thoroughly dispels our idealized visions of life in the great outdoors. Instead of scout troops and placid birdwatchers, Smith's beat -- a stretch of land that has been officially condemned to be flooded -- brings him into contact with drug users tweaked out to the point of violence, obsessed miners, and other dangerous creatures. In unflinchingly honest prose, he reveals the unexpectedly dark underbelly of patrolling and protecting public lands.

The New York Times - Alan Burdick

Water, Smith writes, has a way of following the earth's tectonic seams, of tracing its seismic cracks and fractures with minimal energy expended. Joined end to end, his stories reveal the work of a similar gravity. Their sum is a tender exploration of faults -- human, natural, and the fluent, ceaseless meeting of the two.