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By Mary Beth Baptiste

Conscious that her adolescence is slipping via, Mary Beth Baptiste makes a decision to flee her lackluster, suburban existence in coastal Massachusetts to pursue her lifelong dream of being a Rocky Mountain woodswoman. To the horror of her conventional, ethnic family members, she divorces her husband of fifteen years, dusts off her flora and fauna biology measure, and flees to Moose, Wyoming for a task at Grand Teton nationwide Park. In those rugged mountains, unforeseen classes from nature and natural world advisor 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, usually funny account of a woman’s bumbling quest for goal, redemption, and love via barren region experience, solitude, and offbeat human connections. 

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I’ve died and entered an afterlife. The old one is gone. Over. Yet, the old still combs the new, leaving stubborn ruts. After breakfast I pull on my hiking boots and go outside to explore. As I creak open the door, the snowshoe hare hops by our picnic table. The morning brightens, but piles of pewter-colored clouds still hide the mountains. The silence is so compelling that I feel the need to tiptoe. The housing complex consists of two elliptical streets at right angles to each other. My trailer is located in a row of similar trailers in various states of disrepair.

Excerpts on pages 1, 179, and 229 from “Last night, as I was sleeping” by Antonio Machado, from Times Alone, tr. (Wesleyan University Press, 1983). © Antonio Machado. © 1983 Translation by Robert Bly. Reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press. Excerpt on pages 104–05 from Teewinot: A Year in the Teton Range © 2000 by Jack Turner. Reprinted by permission of Thomas Dunne Books. All rights reserved. Excerpt on page 132 from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. © 1974. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Mark’s face sports a friendly grin. “Welcome to paradise,” he says. Tim explains that while they help out with all S&RM projects, Mark and Glen are raptor biologists—red-tailed hawks, great gray owls, bald eagles, peregrine falcons. Tim opens a freezer door. “This is where we store the road kills that we use to bait the bear traps. ” Rifling through frosted plastic bags, he draws out an elk leg, a partially decomposed antelope head, a whole coyote pup, three unidentifiable songbirds, and a red-tailed hawk.

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