Like many before her, poet Gretel Ehrlich discovered the therapeutic qualities of the West. In , a time of personal crisis, she moved from the East to a small. Table Of Contents. The Solace Of Open SpacesPreface. The Solace of Open Spaces. Obituary. Other Lives. About Men. From a Sheepherder’s. Like few writers I’ve ever read, Gretel captured something about Wyoming that I’ ve always struggled to put into words. She suggests that the.

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Along with a great deal of information and insight on the lives of ranchers, herders, cowboys and their beliefs and work ethic, Ehrlich also shares many tales of her relationships with these people. I’ve not read anything like it. After describing the bitter below cold: Explore ehrlicy Home Gift Guide.

The American West is a great place for olen. The discovery merely reflects my ignorance The title alone intrigued me—one who thinks that soul nurturing places, solitude and silence are the final luxuries. Wonderful essays on sheep and cattle herding in Wyoming.

Ehrlich and her husband also operated their own ranch. The solitude in which westerners live makes them quiet My mother is the exact opposite and would be most at home at a ranch like the one Ehrlich worked on, and Solace has helped me see why.

It’s disheartening to realize the flip side of rampant farming and ranching in Wyoming is a state so wholly transformed by Big Agriculture that it’s nearly wiped out once prominent herds of buffalo, pronghorn ehrlic, and various other wild creatures.


This book falls into a genre of literature of which I am very fond personal observations and understandings of place. Her essays are a thoughtful, deep, well-observed look at the life, places, and people of the American West.

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Unlike Doig, she’s comfortable writing about eroticism. David lasted throughout the project but died shortly thereafter.

Of all the ruggedly handsome western states, Wyoming is a special place, a place set apart from most of the others in sheer wildness and expanse, and Ehrlich knows that better and more intimately than most. Rancher, explorer, journalist, nature writer This book is a love letter to Wyoming and parts of it really sing to me. Beautiful essays told from the unique perspective of an outsider who evolves into her surroundings to become less of one – all the while creating this collection of stunningly crafted observations and anecdotes.

In other words, this macho, cultural artifact the cowboy has become is simply a man who possesses resilience, patience, and an instinct for survival.

Our connections with neighbors become too urgent to disregard.

The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich

Shocked that it took me to the age of 40 to “discover” this book. One, tough scrappy woman.

The Solace of Open Spaces. She indicated it took her more than five years to write the pages that comprise the book. Here is a cool description of nature. Ehrlih the “bully” adjective shows how little she knows of Wayne Gretzky. I read this book while spending a month in an isolated Montana cabin, and loved it.


Dec 18, Cori McGraw rated it it was amazing. She gets married, buys a ranch, tells us about the National Finals Rodeo, then held in Oklahoma City. It renders Wyoming’s landscape in a way that had me longing for it, instilling in me a need for what had not registered before.

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The writing is gorgeous, flowing, evocative. It was the first time I understood anything at all about the state — that it bound itself to people who loved it.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The attention to the setting robs Gretel of all of her voice. As they pick on road-killed deer we humans are apt to practice the small cruelties on each other. After moving from the city to a vast new state, she writes of adjusting to cowboy life, boundless open spaces, and the solafe incomprehensible harshness of a Wyoming winter: I didn’t include any of those quotes here since technically I have a review copy, but may return to this space once it is back out.