A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra
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An entirely engrossing debut from a writer who has drawn
comparisons to Edward Abbey, John McPhee, and Wallace
Stegner, Nature Noir is a nature book unlike any other.
Jordan Fisher Smith's startling account of fourteen years as
a park ranger thoroughly dispels our idealized visions of
life in the great outdoors. Instead of scout troops and
placid birdwatchers, Smith's beata stretch of land that has
been officially condemned to be flooded brings him into
contact with drug users tweaked out to the point of
violence, obsessed miners, and other dangerous creatures. In
unflinchingly honest prose, he reveals the unexpectedly dark
underbelly of patrolling and protecting public lands.
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