Monday, January 6, 2014

Jackie's Crazy Hyped About Bryce Andrews's Debut Memoir 

The gripping memoir of a young man, a wolf, their parallel lives and ultimate collision, Badluck Way is also an ode to the satisfaction of hard work on some of the wildest and most beautiful land in the world.

"Mine might have been a simple, pretty story, if not for the wolves. In late July, they emerged from the foothills..."

Reminiscent of Farley Mowat.

Jackie says:
"This is a memoir of one young man's time as a Sun Ranch in Montana, where it snows every month but August. While it has cattle feeding on it from May to October, from November to April, it's free range for over 3000 head of elk. The ranch is run with conservation in mind, making the backbreaking work of ranching even more difficult, yet better for animal, human and plant life. Andrews, who had worked summers on ranches since boyhood, sought out that spread because of how they use the land. But the biggest reason he came was because he wanted to know wolves. And Sun Ranch had several of them thanks to migration from a recent re-population of them in Yellowstone Park. The people who work the land there must pay attention to where they are and what they are doing. That summer, it was the elk up in the mountains that kept the pack fed. But toward later summer, they got a taste for beef, and the war was on. This was a difficult read for an animal loving city-dweller like me, but the reality is there for many of the western ranches. Andrews also struggled with his emotions there, and admits that his year at the ranch had changed him forever. I learned a lot from this book and Andrews' reflections, and I don't hesitate to recommend this book to anyone living in ranch country--it's a part of our world that we need to get to know better."

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