Fire Season by Philip Connors
Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout (P.S.)

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Fire Season both evokes and honors the great hermit celebrants of nature, from Dillard to Kerouac to Thoreau—and I loved it.”
—J.R. Moehringer, author of The Tender Bar

“[Connors’s] adventures in radical solitude make for profoundly absorbing, restorative reading.”
—Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air

Phillip Connors is a major new voice in American nonfiction, and his remarkable debut, Fire Season, is destined to become a modern classic. An absorbing chronicle of the days and nights of one of the last fire lookouts in the American West, Fire Season is a marvel of a book, as rugged and soulful as Matthew Crawford’s bestselling Shop Class as Soulcraft, and it immediately places Connors in the august company of Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard, Aldo Leopold, Barry Lopez, and others in the respected fraternity of hard-boiled nature writers.

 

About Philip Connors

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Philip Connors has worked as a baker, a bartender, a house painter, a janitor, and an editor at the Wall Street Journal. His essays have appeared in n+1, Harper's, the Paris Review, and the Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology. He lives in New Mexico with his wife and their dog.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 261 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, History, Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The New York Times

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Philip Connors’s first book chronicles a season spotting wildfires in a spectacularly combustible patch of New Mexico.

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The Guardian

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Wilderness books once focused on how an encounter with wild nature altered the human soul and human consciousness;

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Los Angeles Times

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Philip Connors writes about his yearly five-month stint as a Gila National Forest fire spotter.

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Oregon Live

"For most of his last month on Desolation he was eager to get the call that it was over," writes Philip Connors in "Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout," his memoir of not one but eight summers in a fire tower, this one in New Mexico's Gila National Forest "on the edge of the world...

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Denver Post

"After all my years as a lookout, the one big fire I've seen up close — so close I inhaled its visible particulates — was a fire of the kind that exploded our invisible burning into a horrific tableau."

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Bookin With Sunny.

Reading books set in a par­ticular locale while trav­elling through that locale is a fine way to learn about the nuances of place.

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Bloomberg

Yet given the power and persistence of the cattlemen’s lobby, they continue to graze on the public domain, trampling riparian areas, hastening erosion, pulverizing wildlife habitat, disturbing the fire regime, and generally wreaking havoc on the land wherever they roam.” So, it’s not all whisky...

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AARP

But with the surroundings inclining him to take the long view, he quickly cultivated a reverence for a place and a lifestyle that few of us will ever get to experience: “Once you struggle through that swamp of monotony where time bogs down in excruciating ticks from your wristwatch,” he writes, “...

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THE ACTIVE TIMES

On June 23rd, a fire ignited in the foothills of Pikes Peak, west of Colorado Springs.

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