Where Rivers Change Direction

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Riverhead Books, Aug 1, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 283 pages
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"Elemental, powerful'a piercing voice from the heartland." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Here is a book for women to read to learn the hearts of men. Here is a book for men to read to curse what they have lost?A fine example of blood-writing, every sentence alive." -- Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place "Stirring, evocative, finely nuanced, gritty-marvelous!" -- Gretel Ehrlich, author of The Solace of Open Spaces It is a voice that echoes off canyon walls, springs from the rush of rivers, thunders from the hooves of horses. It belongs to award-winner Mark Spragg, and it's as passionate and umcompromising as the wilderness in which he was born: the largest block of unfenced wilderness in the lower forty-eight states. Where Rivers Change Direction is the story of a boyhood spent on the oldest dude ranch in Wyoming--with a family struggling against the elements and against themselves, and with the wry and wise cowboy who taught him life's most important lessons. As the young Spragg undergoes the inexorable rites of passage that forge the heart and soul of man, this unforgettable memoir illuminates the heartfelt yearnings, the unexpected wisdom, and the irrevocable truths that follow in his wake...

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User Review  - Liz Diether-martin - Goodreads

Superb writing and description in these Western vignettes. Took me a little while to get into the first story; I couldn't figure out why. Finally I realized I needed to slow down, get out of my busy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lori - Goodreads

I wish that every book I read came half as close to being as good as this one. What is astounding about this novel is how simple it is. It is prose in its most delightful form- a poetry that is ... Read full review


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MARK SPRAGG was born and raised on the Wyoming dude ranch his family had run since 1898. His memoir, "Where Rivers Change Direction, " chronicling the history of this ranch, won the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, and was a Book Sense Top 10 Pick as well as hitting bestseller lists throughout the West. His previous novel, "The Fruit of Stone, " is also available on audio from HighBridge. He now lives in Cody, Wyoming.