Where the Crooked River Rises
A High Desert Home
By Ellen Waterston
(Oregon State University Press, Paperback, 9780870715921, 142pp.)
Publication Date: October 2010
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In "Where the Crooked River Rises, " Waterston reveals the blessings and challenges of decades spent as a rancher and town resident in a place that "has been, and remains," her touchstone and crucible. The high desert is Waterston's teacher, and she describes its lessons with grace and care, inviting readers to look at their own lives through a lens of wide-open spaces, sagebrush and juniper, pumice and rabbit brush.