The road I've taken these five years has been a long and twisted one, writes Pam Houston in the first piece of this stirring collection. That journey takes the acclaimed author of Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat across five continents, through forty whitewater rivers, over three thousand miles of backcountry hiking trails, on more than four hundred planes. But whatever her destination -- the Alaskan outback or the mountains of Bhutan -- these are the starting points for her personal emotional journey.
Through her stories we meet some good dogs, a few good men, and the occasional grizzly. Ultimately, Houston's adventures -- and her clear-eyed reflections upon them -- prove what she has always suspected: fiction has nothing on real life.
Pam Houston is the author of two works of fiction, Cowboys Are My Weakness ( the 1993 winner of the Western States Book Award) and Waltzing the Cat. Her stories have been selected for Best American Short Stories (1990, 1999), Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards (1999), and The Best American Short Stories of the Century (1999), as well as a Pushcart Prize. Houston is the editor of the anthology Women on Hunting, and has written the text for a book of photoghraphs called Men before 10 A.M.. She has been a contributing editor to Elle and Ski, writes regularly for Condé Nast Sports for Women, aand has been a guest on CBS-TV Sunday Morning with "Postcards from Colorado"
She lives at an altitude of 9,000 feet in southwestern Colorado.
Houston follows her heart and her gut to adventures that most of us only fantasize about, and we, lucky readers, get to share her thrills without leaving the safety of our seats.
Melissa Bank Author of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing With all the drama and irony of fiction and the intimacy and truth of a story told to a friend, this book will break your heart and then make it stronger.
Chicago Tribune She's Indiana Jones meets Bridget Jones.