Fear Falls Away and other Essays from Hard and Rocky Places
Faced with the prospect of moving to another place, Bowers finds herself thinking about the familiar world in new and unfamiliar ways. Through her eyes, too, we see how an interest in nature and the outdoors developed from early childhood and how simple curiosity has led her to the most surprising discoveries. At odd and unexpected moments, her work also seems to bring new insights into herself and her life as a writer, a wife, and a mother. These pages promise a new adventure at every turn in the trail. For sheer terror, there's a climb up the face of Baboquivari, for laughs, there's the great bagworm caper, and for some quiet truths, there are themes of gain and loss, of connection and reconcilliation. Crunching through winter snow or sweating under summer sun, we know we're in the hands of an experienced guide. And we know we couldn't ask for a better companion.
"Delicious, closely observed place vignettes of southeastern Arizona. . . . Her delineations of the land are sharp as crystal, and fragile and melancholy, too."—Kirkus Reviews
"Superb essays of discovery and self-discovery. . . . Her brief chapters are brilliant miniatures, marked by both a zen-like concentration on the immediate, and a gentle, not forced, opening up of her inquiry as she moves from the natural world to the world of the perceiving mind."—Southwestern American Literature