I have always loved reading since I can remember! In fact, since I grew up in a neighborhood with lots of kids that always came by my house to play, in order to stay in and read, my parents would tell my friends that I had been punished!
I taught elementary school for 14 years and have spent the last 10 years working with my husband. Now that I have more personal free time I am able to read more throughout the year and not just in the summertime.
I have a Kindle, a Nook and an Ipad2 that I use to read books as well. Although I have these electronic readers, I still like my books better!
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Book of the Month: The Black Rhinos of Namibia, by Rick Bass
Author of many thoughtful, eloquent works rooted in the American West, especially Montana’s Yaak Valley, where he has lived for 25 years, Rick Bass journeys in his new book, The Black Rhinos of Namibia, to the very different world of Damaraland, the red-hot heart of Namibia’s forbidding Namib Desert. Traveling with his longtime friend Dennis Sizemore, co-founder of the nonprofit Round River Conservation Studies group, Bass bears witness to the black rhino, a species that had been driven to the brink of extinction by human slaughter, and to its nascent renaissance in this region, which has been propelled by the unstinting efforts of a coalition of African and Western conservationists.
The resulting account is an extraordinary exploration and meditation. Bass evokes the beauty, texture, and pace of the “horribly austere” desert, “one of the oldest unchanged landscapes on earth,” where one of the most prevalent plants is the poisonous Euphorbia tree and sand temperatures can soar to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. He vividly describes the wildlife they encounter: oryx, springbok, elephant, and giraffe, and especially the regal rhino, “a great silver tank moving slowly across the plains.”
Bass draws a poignant portrait of the late, heroic Mike Hearn and the Save the Rhino Trust, one of the individuals and organizations leading the rhino renaissance, and offers reflections on the correspondences between Africa and his own Yaak Valley, the plight of the rhino and the plight of mankind, and the recurrent striations of landscape and wildlife, history and time. Most moving of all the book’s gifts is Bass’s portrayal of his own exhilaration as this new world unscrolls before him. At one point he writes, “I cannot remember being in such a state of perpetual wonder since childhood.” Happily, he transports us along on this wonder-filled tour, full of hardness and hope, into an otherworldly place that mirrors our own.
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
From one of our most gifted writers on the natural world comes a stunning exploration of a unique landscape and the improbable and endangered animal that makes its home there.
Rick Bass first made a name for himself as a writer and seeker of rare, iconic animals, including the grizzlies and wolves of the American West. Now he’s off on a new, far-flung adventure in the Namib of southwest Africa on the trail of another fascinating, vulnerable species. The black rhino is a three-thousand-pound, squinty-eyed giant that sports three-foot-long dagger horns, lives off poisonous plants, and goes for days without water.
Human intervention and cutting-edge conservation saved the rhinos—for now—from the brink of extinction brought on by poaching and war. Against the backdrop of one of the most ancient and harshest terrains on earth, Bass, with his characteristic insight and grace, probes the complex relationship between humans and nature and meditates on our role as both destroyer and savior.
In the tradition of Peter Matthiessen’s The Tree Where Man Was Born, Bass captures a haunting slice of Africa, especially of the “black” rhinos that glow ghostly white in the gleaming sun.
Until next time, keep curling up with a good book...