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Dixon Marsh

FEATURED THIS WEEK : BARRY LOPEZ

Dixon Marsh

In thirteen books of fiction and nonfiction, and the marvelous dictionary Home Ground, Barry Lopez has mapped new territory for environmental writers and located “a language for the American landscape.” Here, as we continue our August fiction series, Lopez follows field biologist Terrin Macdonald, with her dog and her semi-automatic pistol, into the Petersen Mountains on the Nevada-California border, where she has a strange encounter while collecting water samples at Dixon Marsh.
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DANIELLE DUTTON

An Excerpt from S P R A W L

The last word in our August reading series belongs to the narrator of Danielle Dutton's comic novel S P R A W L. In her house on a quarter-acre lot, with her husband's gleaming sedan in the garage, she arranges and rearranges everyday objects, piecing together a theory of the American suburb that involves "cows, furniture, farms, real estate, azaleas, corn, curtains, dust, passion," a great deal of sadness and perhaps just a little magic.
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RYAN HARTY

Sarah at the Palace

In this latest installment of our August reading series, we present a story from Ryan Harty's Bring Me Your Saddest Arizona, a collection of precise fictions exploring the emotional and physical terrain of the American Southwest. Here, the narrator flies from Phoenix to Las Vegas to join his ex-wife in cleaning out the condo of his dead sister. The cinder-block wall of the apartment complex and the lawn out front are "touched, like everything else, by the glow of the Strip."
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ASHLEIGH PEDERSEN

Small and Heavy World

We continue our August fiction series with Ashleigh Pedersen’s surreal family drama set during a flood in the Deep South. The narrator's family lives in a makeshift treehouse as they wait for floodwaters to recede, traveling by canoe to visit neighbors or gather food. Gossip surrounds the linguistics professor who has been newly appointed the neighborhood physician. Although it takes place in a fantastical world, Pedersen’s story rings emotionally true, and reminds us of the private moments that unfold even during times of public disaster.
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Portfolio: Uneasy Spaces

New York City photographer Elizabeth Felicella focuses on what she calls "landscape of security."
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