Rants from the Hill

On Packrats, Bobcats, Wildfires, Curmudgeons, a Drunken Mary Kay Lady, and Other Encounters with the Wild in the High Desert
Welcome to the land of wildfire, hypothermia, desiccation, and rattlers. The stark and inhospitable high-elevation landscape of Nevada’s Great Basin Desert may not be an obvious (or easy) place to settle down, but for self-professed desert rat Michael Branch, it’s home. Of course, living in such an unforgiving landscape gives one many things to rant about. Fortunately for us, Branch—humorist, environmentalist, and author of Raising Wild—is a prodigious ranter. From bees hiving in the walls of his house to owls trying to eat his daughters’ cat—not to mention his eccentric neighbors—adventure, humor, and irreverence abound on Branch’s small slice of the world, which he lovingly calls Ranting Hill.
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Author Bio
Michael P. Branch

Michael Branch is the winner of the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award and the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award. He 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 OrionEcotone,SlateUtne ReaderSunsetReader’s DigestHawk and HandsawHigh Country NewsPlaces, andWhole Terrain, and in many essay collections, including Wonder and Other Survival SkillsThe Best Creative Nonfiction, and Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together. He is cofounder 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 cofounded the nation’s first graduate program in Literature and Environment studies.

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Imprint: Roost
ISBN: 9781611804577
Publication Date: 06/06/2017
Page Count: 232
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
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"If Thoreau drank more whiskey and lived in the desert, he'd write like this." —High Country News

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