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By Mary Beth Baptiste

Acutely aware that her adolescence is slipping through, Mary Beth Baptiste comes to a decision to flee her lackluster, suburban lifestyles in coastal Massachusetts to pursue her lifelong dream of being a Rocky Mountain woodswoman. To the horror of her conventional, ethnic kin, she divorces her husband of fifteen years, dusts off her natural world biology measure, and flees to Moose, Wyoming for a role at Grand Teton nationwide Park. In those rugged mountains, unforeseen classes from nature and natural world consultant her trip as she creates a brand new existence for herself. Set opposed to the dramatic backdrop and quirky tradition of Jackson gap, this superbly written memoir is a considerate, frequently funny account of a woman’s bumbling quest for function, redemption, and love via wasteland event, solitude, and offbeat human connections. 

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We cook and eat and chat in the yard until the scent of fir hovers on the night chill and stars dot the blackening sky. Chris and Robert stroll by, and Rachel invites them over to toast marshmallows on sticks we find under the trees. It’s after eleven when I return to my trailer. I can get into this after-hours mingling with coworkers, I think as I brush my teeth and snug into bed. Even saudade and the Creature can’t haunt me tonight. My dreams are of the blue-globed hydrangeas that edge the rim of Faial’s caldeira.

I brought that to carry my groceries so you don’t have to put them in a paper bag. ” I pointed at the logo on the front of the bag—a leafy maple with the words SAVE A TREE printed above it. The clerk, a plump woman with a prominent gap between her front teeth, raised her eyebrows and slid the sack behind her to the bagger, a gangly teenage boy. He twirled the bag on the rubber belt until he figured out it had handles. Bill’s comment about my friends referred to the hippie-leaning environmentalists I’d met in grad school who participated in the first Earth Day, abhorred high fashion, and shunned traditional gender stereotypes.

Jace Callaway. ” Jace still studies the floor as he shakes hands with each of us. His handshake is trying-too-hard firm. After introductions he sits at one of the desks and opens an Environmental Impact Statement the size of a deep-dish casserole. I inhale to calm the jitters in my midsection. Jace Callaway is a stunner. The ache of recent divorce haunts me as my gaze gravitates to his left hand, to the thin gold band. Tim leads us out for a tour of the office. In the next room a fleshy, bald man in a Park Service dress uniform waves at us as he drones into a phone.

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