Eating Stone by Ellen Meloy
Imagination and the Loss of the Wild

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Long believed to be disappearing and possibly even extinct, the Southwestern bighorn sheep of Utah’s canyonlands have made a surprising comeback. Naturalist Ellen Meloy tracks a band of these majestic creatures through backcountry hikes, downriver floats, and travels across the Southwest. Alone in the wilderness, Meloy chronicles her communion with the bighorns and laments the growing severance of man from nature, a severance that she feels has left us spiritually hungry. Wry, quirky and perceptive, Eating Stone is a brillant and wholly original tribute to the natural world.


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About Ellen Meloy

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Ellen Meloy received a Whiting Foundation Award in 1997. Her book Raven’s Exile: A Season on the Green River won a 1995 Western Writers of America Spur Award for contemporary nonfiction. She is also the author of The Last Cheater’s Waltz: Beauty and Violence in the Desert Southwest. Her essays have appeared in Orion and Northern Lights, among other publications, and have been widely anthologized. She lives in southern Utah.
 
Published July 29, 2009 by Vintage. 354 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Meloy, who died in 2004, reveals how wild animals, encountered in wild settings, impart beauty and meaning to our lives.

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