Category Archives: Book Review

Conservation through conversation

The original impetus behind Torrey House Press was the idea that we could promote love of the land through literature. We jumped in with both feet, believing that by publishing great books, our start-up literary press would be self-supporting through book … Continue reading

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Pill in the hamburger

Last October, while Kirsten and I were on the road peddling our Torrey House wares, we were walking down the streets of Taos, straight into the setting sun, looking for a place to have dinner. A stranger was walking toward … Continue reading

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Today’s Transcendentalists

Have you ever been overcome by a sense of awe and wonder? Perhaps outside watching the sun set over a roiling ocean or watching the Milky Way spin overhead on a moonless night? Perhaps you had a sense that you … Continue reading

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Green Shorts, Charles Manson, and Literature and Conservation in the West

This piece originally appeared in The Wildlife News. Ten years ago I read Michael Chrichton’s novel State of Fear. While far from his best work, it was his usual roller coaster of a techno-thriller. And, rather strangely, it was blatantly … Continue reading

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Two Good Men

Two men stand silhouetted against an  sublime sunset, scholars perhaps, contemplating their place in the cosmos.  Such is the cover image,suggested by author Scott Abbott, by 19th -century German Romantic landscape painter, Caspar David Friedrich.  Friedrich’s paintings characteristically set a … Continue reading

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Let Them Paddle, by Alan S. Kesselheim – Review

Let Them Paddle: Coming of Age on the Water by Alan S. Kesselheim My rating: 4 of 5 stars In middle age the notion of doing what you love and then figuring out how to make a living at it … Continue reading

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Prisoner of Zion, by Scott Carrier – Review

Prisoner of Zion: Muslims, Mormons and Other Misadventures by Scott Carrier My rating: 5 of 5 stars As we hone our strategy and niche at Torrey House Press (THP), I am thinking a lot about the West, and the land, … Continue reading

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