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And please check out his second book "Prairy Erth: A Deep Map." It's a long, beautiful meditation on some county in rural Kansas where a coastal person like me might show up, look around, pronounce "Man, there's nothing here!" and move on. But he proves that if one quiets oneself long enough and has the will to dive into the land, there are stories worth telling even in such an apparently barren landscape. Brilliant and well worth the read.

His other book "River Horse" is terriffic as well. My favorite line from that one: "Sometimes all you can do is commit to the flood and believe yourself lucky." I think he's only written the three, but it's a wonderful body of work. Thanks for reminding me of those books!