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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press; Revised edition (May 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870717081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870717086
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #539,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A gifted essayist…Moore’s prose is elegant and poetic.” —Hungry Mind Review


“Reminiscent of the work of Annie Dillard and others who have combined their observations of the natural world with philosophical reflections…”  —Publishers Weekly


“Graceful meditations on nature…an altogether satisfying collection by a gifted interpreter of the natural world.” —Kirkus Reviews

Book Description

Naturalist and philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore meditates on connection and separation in these twenty-one elegant, probing essays. Using the metaphor of holdfasts—the structures that attach seaweed to rocks with a grip strong enough to withstand winter gales—she examines our connections to our own bedrock.

“When people lock themselves in their houses at night and seal the windows shut to keep out storms, it is possible to forget, sometimes for years and years, that human beings are part of the natural world,” she writes. Holdfast passionately reclaims an awareness of the natural world, exploring the sense of belonging fostered by the communal howls of wolves; the inevitability of losing children to their own lives; the fear of bears and love of storms; the sublimity of life and longing in the creatures of the sea; her agonizing decision when facing her father’s bone-deep pain. As Moore travels philosophically and geographically—from Oregon’s shores to Alaska’s islands—she leaves no doubt of her virtuosity and range. 

The new afterword is an important statement on the new responsibilities of nature writers as the world faces the consequences of climate change. 

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HASH(0x9a2f6fd8) out of 5 stars A powerful combination of memoir and philosophy May 11 2014
By Joshua Weeks - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book for an regional literature course that focused on place-based writing. This book was a great way to close our the course. The author's concept of a holdfast here is both literal and philosophical.

I highly recommend, you won't realize that you're reading essays. The collection flows quite nicely and you'll gain an insight or two.
HASH(0x9a2f8d08) out of 5 stars ) - a very beautiful short story called "An Aesthetic of Storms" from Kathleen ... June 16 2016
By Jo - Published on Amazon.com
I am an avid reader, and this book was assigned to my wife for a class. She turned me on to it by getting me to read one of the short stories to her, (probably to avoid having to do the homework herself, I suspect!) - a very beautiful short story called "An Aesthetic of Storms" from Kathleen Dean Moore's collection, Holdfast. I am now halfway through the book, and I can already say this is easily one of the best books I have ever read. It is a staggering, wistful and wise collection of stories, and I am literally floored by it. I have never been inclined to jump up and review a book on Amazon, just for the thrill of mentally shaking an author's hand and saying "A damn fine job, madam! Damn fine indeed!"
HASH(0x9a27c264) out of 5 stars Thank you for your wonderful pictures in my mind Oct. 6 2015
By Judy R. - Published on Amazon.com
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Very thoughtful and thought provoking book. Thank you for your wonderful pictures in my mind!
HASH(0x9a362a38) out of 5 stars Four Stars Oct. 14 2014
By Colleen Bliss - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful nature writing. Takes you to the place.


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