• Yellowstone Has Teeth

A memoir of living year-round in the world's first national park. Few people have experienced Yellowstone National Park like Marjane Ambler (a former editor of HCN). She and her husband lived in a tiny community near the shores of Yellowstone Lake, deep in the park's interior. The natural beauty was magnificent, but Ambler and her neighbors discovered that Yellowstone "had teeth." It could be an unforgiving place where mistakes mattered.

In this well-constructed narrative, Ambler reveals a hidden Yellowstone, a place where delight and danger are separated by the slimmest of margins: a degree of pitch on an avalanche slope, a few inches of a buffalo's horn, a moment during a deadly wildfire. Less a book about nature (although nature is exquisitely described), Yellowstone has Teeth is about community and the comprehension of self that comes from relating to others in a sometimes hostile environment.
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PostedOctober 29, 2016