Temperance Creek

Temperance Creek

A Memoir

Book - 2016
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In the early seventies, some of us were shot like stars from our parents' homes. This was an act of nature, bigger than ourselves. In the austere beauty and natural reality of Hell's Canyon of Eastern Oregon, one hundred miles from pavement, Pam, unable to identify with her parent's world and looking for deeper pathways has a chance encounter with returning Vietnam warrior Skip Royes. Skip, looking for a bridge from survival back to connection, introduces Pam to the vanishing culture of the wandering shepherd and together they embark on a four-year sojourn into the wilderness. From the back of a horse, Pam leads her packstring of readers from overlook to water crossing, down trails two thousand years old, and from the vantages she chooses for us, we feel the edges of our own experiences. It is a memoir of falling in love with a place and a man and the price extracted for that love.

Written with deep lyricism, Temperance Creek is a work of haunting beauty, fresh and irreverent and rooted in the grit and pleasure of daily life. This is Pam's story, but the courage and truth in the telling is part of our human experience. Seen through a slower more primary mirror, one not so crowded with objectivity, Pam's memoir, is a kind of home-coming, a family reunion for shooting stars.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, 2016
ISBN: 9781619027305
1619027305
Branch Call Number: 921 Royes
Description: xvii, 408 pages : map; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Jordan, Teresa

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joans55
Apr 20, 2017

I like her writing style. It brought back memories of the 1970's...some of the inequalities and quickly changing beliefs between men and women.

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khjhlh
Feb 18, 2017

Loved this book, couldn't put it down. I read half of it the first day which is highly unusual for me.

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joymstone
Sep 18, 2016

I loved this book! I wanted to savor it, but APL had to get it on ILL from OK so I had to hurry. A memoir written by a woman in her 60s, it tells in beautiful prose how, after a middle class upbringing marked by alcoholism and drug use, she found meaning and built a rich, rewarding life living and working in the wild country of western OR. I hope APL will purchase it soon!

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