Rogue River Journal (Paperback)

A Winter Alone

By John Daniel

Counterpoint LLC, 9781619022843, 352pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 2005

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Hardcover (4/14/2005)
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In November of 2000, after the presidential election but before the final results had been handed down by the Supreme Court, John Daniel climbed into his pickup, drove to a remote location in Oregon's Rogue River Canyon, and quit civilization. The strictures were severe. No two-way human communication - not even with his wife - no radio, no music, not even his cat. He would isolate himself in a cabin sure to be snowed in soon after his arrival, intent on hearing no human voice but his own until spring thawed the road. This experiment in solitude was an attempt to clarify his identity while pursuing daily life without the distractions of the world at large. Daniel had spent a week or two alone before, but this would be an entirely new challenge, and as he drove off into the mountains he felt a fear-tinged freedom. This book chronicles his journey in solitude, a season of memory, and his search for a coherent place to stand on the earth.

About the Author

John Daniel lives in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a two-time winner of the Oregon Book Award for Literary Nonfiction, he is the author of eight books of memoir, poetry, and personal essays.