Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Book Recommendation

Buffalo For The Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch

If you are at all curious about the legendary critter of the Plains; if you were intrigued with Kathleen Norris' poetic, spiritual reflections in Dakota and want to mate them with an earthy, male take on this place; if you are into ecology, history, economics, humanity, life vocation or other passionate matters - then you will greatly enjoy Dan O'Brien's memoir. He brings beauty and hope out of a coyote and her pups feeding on a buffalo carcass (he sees the buffalo as "the Eucharist of the Plains").
And his snapshots of Plains people are priceless. A sample...

But on the Great Plains people often don't say what is on their mind. This is not Santa Monica or New York City. It is considered rude to be straightforward, and conversations out here are often little more than displacement activity. The cattle and grass talk of the two old ranch warriors reminded me of two tomcats, sitting two feet apart, knowing they would eventually fight but funneling their frustrated energies into nervous self-grooming...

You can check it out at the publisher's site.

Actor (and lucky @#% former boyfriend of Salma Hayek) Edward Norton is flirting with a film version.

You can listen to an interview with the author on Minnesota Public Radio.

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