How to Cuss in Western

And Other Missives from the High Desert
Known for his curmudgeonly and irreverent view of pastoral living, Mike Branch is skilled at sharing his high, low, and downright bizarre experiences living in a remote landscape with his wife and two daughters. In this collection of short, comic rants he explores life in the high-elevation, western Nevada Great Basin Desert. From the lyrical (pondering the age of the planet with his daughters while hiking “shark mountain”) to the pastoral (stalking trees in the desert) and the comical (exploring the history of Western cuss words—written by a scrapping slang whanger who goes across lots to string a whizzer for y’all) this book provides a witty, intimate, and evocative glimpse of a place largely ignored in the field of nature writing.



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Author Bio
Michael P. BranchMichael Branch is the author of more than 200 essays, articles, and reviews, and has given more than 250 public readings and lectures. His creative nonfiction includes pieces that have received Honorable Mention for the Pushcart Prize and been recognized as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays (three times), The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. His essays have appeared in magazines including Orion, Ecotone, Slate, Utne Reader, Sunset, Reader’s Digest, Hawk and Handsaw, High Country News, Places, and Whole Terrain, and in many essay collections, including Wonder and Other Survival Skills, The Best Creative Nonfiction, and Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together. He is co-founder of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), and he served for sixteen years as the Book Review Editor of the creative/scholarly journal ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment). Mike is Professor of Literature and Environment in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he co-founded the nation’s first graduate program in Literature and Environment studies.
Imprint: Roost
ISBN: 9781611804614
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Page Count: 224
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
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