Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country

Deep Creek Finding Hope in the High Country Beloved writer and teacher Pam Houston explores what ties her to the earth in essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air How do we become who we are in the world We ask the world to teach us In

  • Title: Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country
  • Author: Pam Houston
  • ISBN: 0393241025
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beloved writer and teacher Pam Houston explores what ties her to the earth in essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air How do we become who we are in the world We ask the world to teach us In her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, Pam Houston explores what ties her to the earth her 120 acre homestead in the Colorado Rockies most of all Here, elk calves Beloved writer and teacher Pam Houston explores what ties her to the earth in essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air How do we become who we are in the world We ask the world to teach us In her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, Pam Houston explores what ties her to the earth her 120 acre homestead in the Colorado Rockies most of all Here, elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000 acre wildfire in a dry summer, threatening her century old barn and its inhabitants Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds, Houston learns what it means to take responsibility for a piece of land and the creatures on it.A survivor of parental abuse and neglect, Houston also discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her Deep Creek delivers her most profound meditations yet on how to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 288 pages Published January 29th 2019 by W W Norton Company More Details ISBN 0393241025 ISBN13 9780393241020 Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Deep Creek, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Women s biographies 2019 202 books 27 voters Memoir Published in Year 2019 74 books 20 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 26, 2018 Laura rated it it was amazing A balm for the soul, a visit with an old friend, a love song to the Earth This book was all that and Cowboys Are My Weakness was a touchstone for me when I was in my mid twenties, and this book served as a reminder of the fiery, uncertain young woman I once was and an illustration of how far I ve come to be comfortable in my own life since then I m grateful to writers like Pam Houston who put themselves out in the world to provide gentle guidance to so many readers they likely will never A balm for the soul, a visit with an old friend, a love song to the Earth This book was all that and Cowboys Are My Weakness was a touchstone for me when I was in my mid twenties, and this book served as a reminder of the fiery, uncertain young woman I once was and an illustration of how far I ve come to be comfortable in my own life since then I m grateful to writers like Pam Houston who put themselves out in the world to provide gentle guidance to so many readers they likely will never meet It matters flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 11, 2018 Katie rated it it was amazing It took me awhile to write this review because I am still getting over the excitement of reading a new book from Pam Houston Her writing was moving and I felt like I could see her ranch and all of the places she described so beautifully This is an important book about being a woman, an environmentalist, and a writer Her voice is so refreshing and it will be the perfect read for welcoming 2019 flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 07, 2018 Kales rated it really liked it Shelves 4 star, arc, mental health, non fiction This is a book I wouldn t normally pick up It is a memoir, outdoorsy, and about subjects I don t give any care about However, I heard Pam Houston speak and after her enigmatic talk I knew I had to read this book I hadn t read anything else of hers in fact, I didn t know she was a fiction author until I read this book And it was wonderful.I learned so much than I every thought I would about the mountains in my home state I know, I m from Colorado but I very much dislike the outdoors I This is a book I wouldn t normally pick up It is a memoir, outdoorsy, and about subjects I don t give any care about However, I heard Pam Houston speak and after her enigmatic talk I knew I had to read this book I hadn t read anything else of hers in fact, I didn t know she was a fiction author until I read this book And it was wonderful.I learned so much than I every thought I would about the mountains in my home state I know, I m from Colorado but I very much dislike the outdoors It doesn t feed me the same way it feeds others But I recognized the importance of them from this book And I loved how Pam described how nature fed her soul, healed her My favorite parts of the book, by far, were the beginning challenges she faced when she bought the property This was rather reminiscent of UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN but country ranch themed I laughed with her and enjoyed the trial and error of the process I also enjoyed learning about her life and that journey that led her to where she is today It created a connection with a city loving girl like myself.The slowest section was the wildfire section One fifth of the book is dedicated to this wildfire and while yes, I understand how impactful that was to the ranch, it was a slow slow section With a lot of terminology that felt like I was reading a textbook I was flying through this book until I got to that section and I swear those 80 pages alone took me four days to get through Nevertheless, I still highly recommend this book when it comes out in January It s a worthwhile read that connects humanity to nature, human to human and it s lovely Conclusion Keep flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 19, 2018 Jessica added it Shelves literature, 2018 9,000 feet above sea level is a Place, a ranch, surrounded by mountains on most sides It has allowed a Jersey Girl nursing a myriad of wounds to heal, grow, and love This poignant ode to Place, to nature, to natural beauty, and ultimately optimism is a pushback against cynicism and meanness It provides the same inevitable hope that comes with the first shoots of grass in the pasture It champions the idea that there is safety in saving in reaching out, in trusting to everyday grace flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 12, 2018 RMazin rated it it was amazing Deep Creek is Pam Houston s invitation to her ranch home in the high country of Colorado She bravely invites the reader into the world she has made for herself From an old homestead, Houston has created a refuge, a home of natural beauty, with animals both wild and domestic Here Houston can create and refuel from her teaching and journeys around the world This is also the place where she can become the person she was always meant to be even when she was unsure where her journey would take he Deep Creek is Pam Houston s invitation to her ranch home in the high country of Colorado She bravely invites the reader into the world she has made for herself From an old homestead, Houston has created a refuge, a home of natural beauty, with animals both wild and domestic Here Houston can create and refuel from her teaching and journeys around the world This is also the place where she can become the person she was always meant to be even when she was unsure where her journey would take her Houston shares personal details about a childhood where she was neglected and abused She alludes to years of therapy that helped her regain her personhood, as did friendships, travel and writing The beauty of her writing matches the land she holds so dear Her thoughts can dwell on the magnificent Rockies, her love for her wonderful wolfhounds or just a small fence needing repair The fabric of her life weaves a spell of warmth, hope and determination Put Deep Creek on your TBR list It will make a fine addition along with the works of Karen Auvinen, Gretel Ehrlich, Cheryl Strayed and Rebecca Solnit Highly recommended.Many thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and author for letting me read this book flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 07, 2018 Julie rated it it was amazing Any book that brings me to tears on multiple occasions deserves all the stars.I expected a lot It packed way wallop flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 07, 2018 Sara Cutaia rated it it was amazing Pam Houston s writing is the most comforting and encouraging writing that tackles the horrors and pains of this world that I ve ever read With prose that sings, she takes you through the years that she s lived on her 120 acre ranch in Creede, Colorado, and relays the joys and terrors she s experienced while there Hers is a story of resilience, and it was even before she had to take care of ranch animals, and deal with elevation, and survive winters and fires at 9000 ft but the ranch taught h Pam Houston s writing is the most comforting and encouraging writing that tackles the horrors and pains of this world that I ve ever read With prose that sings, she takes you through the years that she s lived on her 120 acre ranch in Creede, Colorado, and relays the joys and terrors she s experienced while there Hers is a story of resilience, and it was even before she had to take care of ranch animals, and deal with elevation, and survive winters and fires at 9000 ft but the ranch taught her many things about herself and about the world And now Pam teaches us We can t all have this beautiful plot of land in the mountains, but we can read about it, and learn from Pam s wisdom, and find hope in the same high country that she did In a time where the world is either drowning, or burning, of being drilled into, Pam s outlook promises a better tomorrow even if that means we re no longer here flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 26, 2018 Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves nonfiction Deep Creek is a one of a kind account of living on a ranch in rural Creede, Colorado Over a 30 year timespan, Houston recaps stories involving all aspects of country solitude, including a harrowing account of the West Fork Fire Complex Sometimes people can be cruel, sometimes neighbors are generously kind, and sometimes animals are better than humans altogether This rustic collection shines light on both how simple and how complex ranch life can be flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 06, 2018 Brooke Dilling rated it really liked it Beautiful And sad and difficult to read I ve never read Pam Houston before, but I love her connection to the land and the power it has to heal flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 22, 2018 Tomigirl44 rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, biography, memoir, nature, net galley, nonfiction, short stories essays Deep Creek by Pam HoustonFull disclosure I m grateful to NetGalley for the free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I give this book 5 stars.Wow this book is amazing Although I had other plans including a number of books ahead of this one to be read I just couldn t put this book down and read it in 1 days Houston is honest and insightful in regard to her childhood, family and some of the challenges she faced and things she learned as she went to college and graduate Deep Creek by Pam HoustonFull disclosure I m grateful to NetGalley for the free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I give this book 5 stars.Wow this book is amazing Although I had other plans including a number of books ahead of this one to be read I just couldn t put this book down and read it in 1 days Houston is honest and insightful in regard to her childhood, family and some of the challenges she faced and things she learned as she went to college and graduate school and entered adulthood She writes in such a beautifully poetic style, and the reader sees the Colorado mountains, the animals on the farm, windswept snowdrifts, the smoke and fire coming across the mountains, the elk and moose ambling through the terrain And Houston invites us into her life to both laugh and cry, grieve and celebrate her accomplishments in the scenic rural Colorado as well as join in preserving this gift for future generations.I can t believe I haven t read this author before she s been on my list for years now , but I m already going back to read previous books and she s now at the top of my list for whatever she writes next flag Like see review Jan 09, 2019 Susan Burlew rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaway I won this book in a giveaway and thought it sounded interesting It was incredibly good The author shares parts of her life from childhood to adult and the ranch she has owned for 25 years She makes a connection between them and her love for her land and nature everywhere and shows how it has helped her come to terms with some horrifying events in the past I believe she is incredibly brave for learning to live her life and find some joy It took me some time to read as it made me f I won this book in a giveaway and thought it sounded interesting It was incredibly good The author shares parts of her life from childhood to adult and the ranch she has owned for 25 years She makes a connection between them and her love for her land and nature everywhere and shows how it has helped her come to terms with some horrifying events in the past I believe she is incredibly brave for learning to live her life and find some joy It took me some time to read as it made me feel very emotional Many ups and downs but shows so much hope Throughout the book is her love for the land and lessons you can learn from the earth if you take some time to be quiet and listen Strongly recommend flag Like see review Oct 16, 2018 Katelyn rated it really liked it Shelves favorite 2019, recommend, nature, memoir bio Wow, it was a treat to read Houston s stories about living on 120 acres in a valley in Colorado This is the ultimate voyeurism reading about living way out with the snow piling up and animals to care for, but without having to do the super hard work that goes along with that lifestyle Houston switches off living on her land and teaching writing in California to support said land Highly recommended.Trigger warning sexual abuse flag Like see review Jan 31, 2019 Jess rated it it was amazing As someone who lives in Colorado and has a deep love for the natural world, dogs, rural towns, and lives well lived this book was the perfect love letter to all of these things and The book came at a perfect time and asked us to love the earth or at least take notice of it s beauty despite all the ways we are destroying it I sped through my hardcover copy in two days and will reread slower on the kindle so I can highlight my many favorite passages flag Like see review Oct 27, 2018 Peggy rated it really liked it Shelves memoir I ve loved Pam Houston s books ever since I read Sight Hound The author and I share a love of Irish Wolfhounds, so I m always excited about any new book by her For the most part, I enjoyed this book She s a great lover of the outdoors and the natural world I kind of skipped over the history of her ranch, but loved reading about all of her animals flag Like see review Nov 08, 2018 Linda rated it liked it review of another edition The author presents a series of vignettes about her life on a Colorado ranch, interspersed with stories of her extremely dysfunctional childhood and photographs of her beautiful homestead and some of its inhabitants flag Like see review Jan 02, 2019 Ruth Glen rated it really liked it I like her writing flag Like see review Gretchen Lida rated it it was amazing Dec 26, 2018 Erika rated it it was amazing Jan 31, 2019 Kathleen L Engstrom rated it it was amazing Feb 01, 2019 Ryan Luetzen rated it really liked it Jan 29, 2019 Amy rated it it was amazing Feb 01, 2019 C rated it it was amazing Jan 29, 2019 Kasturi 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    • Pam Houston

      Houston is the Director of Creative Writing at U.C Davis Her stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories, the O Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best American Short Stories of the Century She lives in Colorado at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.



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    • A balm for the soul, a visit with an old friend, a love song to the Earth This book was all that and Cowboys Are My Weakness was a touchstone for me when I was in my mid twenties, and this book served as a reminder of the fiery, uncertain young woman I once was and an illustration of how far I ve come to be comfortable in my own life since then I m grateful to writers like Pam Houston who put themselves out in the world to provide gentle guidance to so many readers they likely will never A balm [...]


    • It took me awhile to write this review because I am still getting over the excitement of reading a new book from Pam Houston Her writing was moving and I felt like I could see her ranch and all of the places she described so beautifully This is an important book about being a woman, an environmentalist, and a writer Her voice is so refreshing and it will be the perfect read for welcoming 2019.


    • This is a book I wouldn t normally pick up It is a memoir, outdoorsy, and about subjects I don t give any care about However, I heard Pam Houston speak and after her enigmatic talk I knew I had to read this book I hadn t read anything else of hers in fact, I didn t know she was a fiction author until I read this book And it was wonderful.I learned so much than I every thought I would about the mountains in my home state I know, I m from Colorado but I very much dislike the outdoors I This is a [...]


    • 9,000 feet above sea level is a Place, a ranch, surrounded by mountains on most sides It has allowed a Jersey Girl nursing a myriad of wounds to heal, grow, and love This poignant ode to Place, to nature, to natural beauty, and ultimately optimism is a pushback against cynicism and meanness It provides the same inevitable hope that comes with the first shoots of grass in the pasture It champions the idea that there is safety in saving in reaching out, in trusting to everyday grace.


    • Deep Creek is Pam Houston s invitation to her ranch home in the high country of Colorado She bravely invites the reader into the world she has made for herself From an old homestead, Houston has created a refuge, a home of natural beauty, with animals both wild and domestic Here Houston can create and refuel from her teaching and journeys around the world This is also the place where she can become the person she was always meant to be even when she was unsure where her journey would take he Dee [...]


    • Any book that brings me to tears on multiple occasions deserves all the stars.I expected a lot It packed way wallop.


    • Pam Houston s writing is the most comforting and encouraging writing that tackles the horrors and pains of this world that I ve ever read With prose that sings, she takes you through the years that she s lived on her 120 acre ranch in Creede, Colorado, and relays the joys and terrors she s experienced while there Hers is a story of resilience, and it was even before she had to take care of ranch animals, and deal with elevation, and survive winters and fires at 9000 ft but the ranch taught h Pam [...]


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