• Unsolaced

  • Along the Way to All That Is
  • By: Gretel Ehrlich
  • Narrated by: Gretel Ehrlich
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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By: Gretel Ehrlich
Narrated by: Gretel Ehrlich
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the enduring classic The Solace of Open Spaces, here is a wondrous meditation on how water, light, wind, mountain, bird, and horse have shaped her life and her understanding of a world besieged by a climate crisis.   

Amid species extinctions and disintegrating ice sheets, this stunning collection of memories, observations, and narratives is acute and lyrical, Whitmanesque in breadth, and as elegant as a Japanese teahouse. 

“Sentience and sunderance,” Ehrlich writes. “How we know what we know, who teaches us, how easy it is to lose it all.” 

As if to stave off impending loss, she embarks on strenuous adventures to Greenland, Africa, Kosovo, Japan, and an uninhabited Alaskan island, always returning to her simple Wyoming cabin at the foot of the mountains and the trail that leads into the heart of them.

©2021 Gretel Ehrlich (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“An intimate, engaging memoir ... In lush, evocative prose, Ehrlich details some breathtakingly perilous journeys ... A vigorous plea for responsible environmental stewardship and a treat for all fans of nature writing.” (Kirkus Review, starred)

“Perpetual motion fuels this episodic memoir about loss and getting lost.... After years of living and working outdoors, she empathizes with those for whom climate change is an acute trauma: nomadic sea-ice hunters with no ice, shepherds tending cattle in drought-stricken lands. Her immersion in timeless, strenuous modes of life yields a message of profound fulfillment.” (The New Yorker)

“Gripping ... Ehrlich chronicles with enthralling precision the to-the-brink physicality of hard work and daring expeditions and the meditative states nature summons ... Writing with fire and ice of beauty, risk, and devastation, Ehrlich shares wonder, wisdom, candor, and concern to soul-ringing effect.” (Booklist, starred) 

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