All the Wrong Places

All the Wrong Places

A Life Lost and Found

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WW Norton
The prize-winning author of Fire Season returns with the heartrending story of his troubled years before finding solace in the wilderness.
In his debut Fire Season, Philip Connors recounted with lyricism, wisdom, and grace his decade as a fire lookout high above remote New Mexico. Now he tells the story of what made solitude on the mountain so attractive: the years he spent reeling in the wake of a family tragedy.At the age of twenty-three, Connors was a young man on the make. He'd left behind the Minnesota pig farm on which he'd grown up and the brother with whom he'd never been especially close. He had a magazine job lined up in New York City and a future unfolding exactly as he’d hoped. Then one phone call out of the blue changed everything. All the Wrong Places is a searingly honest account of the aftermath of his brother's shocking death, exploring both the pathos and the unlikely humor of a life unmoored by loss.Beginning with the otherworldly beauty of a hot-air-balloon ride over the skies of Albuquerque and ending in the wilderness of the American borderlands, this is the story of a man paying tribute to the dead by unconsciously willing himself into all the wrong places, whether at the copy desk of the Wall Street Journal, the gritty streets of Bed-Stuy in the 1990s, or the smoking rubble of the World Trade Center. With ruthless clarity and a keen sense of the absurd, Connors slowly unmasks the truth about his brother and himself, to devastating effect. Like Cheryl Strayed's Wild, this is a powerful look back at wayward years—and a redemptive story about finding one's rightful home in the world.

Baker & Taylor
Recounts the years the author spent dealing with the aftermath of his brother's shocking death as he, paying tribute to the dead, unconsciously wills himself into all the wrong places.

Book News
Philip Connors gained national recognition with his debut memoir, "Fire Season," about his time spent alone in New Mexico as a fire lookout. His second memoir, also in New Mexico, journeys further back. In this book Connors is on a break from college visiting his brother with whom he is not close and who will soon unexpectedly die. Connors is torn from the New York Life he always imagined as a young man in Minnesota when his brother dies and he must deal with his own complicated emotions regarding his family and loss. This book will appeal to fans of Cheryl Strayed's Wild as it deals with similar themes of self-awareness and redemption. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Baker
& Taylor

"The prize-winning author of Fire Season returns with the heartrending story of his troubled years of flight. Philip Connors's Fire Season, an account of the decade he spent working in a fire-lookout tower high above the remotest part of New Mexico, won the Banff Mountain Book Grand Prize and the Reading the West Book Award, and Amazon named it the Best Nature Book of the Year. Now Connors returns with the story of what drove him up to the tower in the first place: the wilderness years he spent reeling in the wake of a family tragedy. This is an unforgettable account of grappling with a shattered sense of purpose, from his family's failing pig farm in Minnesota to a crack-addled Brooklyn neighborhood to the mountains of New Mexico, where he puts the pieces of his life back together. Like Cheryl Strayed's Wild, this is a finely wrought look back at wayward youth--and a redemptive story about discovering one's place in the world"--Privided by publisher.
The prize-winning author of Fire Season recounts the years he spent dealing with the aftermath of his brother's shocking death as he, paying tribute to the dead, unconsciously wills himself into all the wrong places.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393088762
Branch Call Number: B CONNORS 2015
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 22 cm

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