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"Spagna's wonderful new book of essays… transports readers into a world of physical labor without removing the romance or hard-won rewards of such work. Even to readers for whom a day of manual labor in cold, mud and rain sounds like the least appealing activity on Earth, the scope and sincerity of these 18 essays will make you laugh, think and appreciate your heated home as they lead you to a fine and quiet place."

-The Seattle Times

"Ana Maria Spagna's essays are as stubborn, compact, and densely grained as a whitebarked pine at timberline. Each achieves its wholeness honestly, earning every twig and needle. No excess growth, no easy resolutions. The best will firmly root themselves in the literature of the Pacific Northwest."

-John Daniel, author of Winter Creek: One Writer's Natural History
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