River House: A Memoir

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Tin House Books, Oct 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages

An exquisite blend of memoir and nature writing, River House is one young woman's story about returning home.

An exquisite blend of memoir and nature writing, River House is the story of a young woman returning home to her family’s ranch and building a log house with the help of her father. An avid river rafter, Sarahlee Lawrence grew up in remote central Oregon and, by the age of twenty-one, had rafted some of the most dangerous rivers of the world as an accomplished river guide. But living her dream led her back to the place she least expected—her dusty beginnings and her family’s home. River House is a beautiful story about a daughter’s return and her relationship with her father, whom she enlists to help brave the cold winter and build a log house by hand. Together, they work through the harsh winter, father helping daughter every step of the way.

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I was a little disappointed in this book but in fairness to the author I should really only be disappointed in myself. It was exactly what it set out to be - and nicely written as well. Somewhere ... Read full review

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As a Western Oregonian who has from time to time crossed over the Cascade Range and wondered about how mysterious and magical it seems in the High Desert I found River House to be a very satisfying ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Sarahlee Lawrence was born and raised on her family ranch in Terrebonne, Oregon. After a decade spent studying, traveling, river rafting, and earning an MS in Environmental Science and Writing from the University of Montana, she returned to the ranch, where she owns and operates an organic vegetable farm.

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