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Category: Book
By (author): Lopez, Barry
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / General
  NON-FICTION / General
  SCIENCE / Natural History
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: March 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 592
Size: 9.25in x 6.25in
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From The Publisher*From the National Book Award-winning writer, humanitarian, environmentalist and author of the now-classic Arctic Dreams: a vivid, poetic, capacious work that recollects the travels around the world and the encounters--human, animal, and natural--that have shaped his extraordinary life. Poignantly, powerfully, it also asks "How do we move forward?"

Taking us nearly from pole to pole--from modern megacities to some of the most remote regions on the earth--Barry Lopez, hailed by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as "one of our finest writers," gives us his most far-ranging yet personal work to date, in a book that moves through decades of his life as it describes his travels to six regions of the world: from the Oregon coast where he lives to the northernmost reaches of Canada; to the Galapagos; to the Kenyan desert; to Botany Bay in Australia; and in the resounding last section of this magisterial book, unforgettably to the ice shelves of Antarctica.
     As he revisits his growing up and these myriad travels, Lopez also probes the long history of humanity's quests and explorations, including the prehistoric peoples who trekked across Skraeling Island in northern Canada; the colonialists who plundered Central Africa; an Enlightenment-era Englishman who sailed the Pacific and a Native American emissary who arrived in Japan before it opened to the West. He confronts today's ecotourism in the tropics and visits the haunting remnants of a French colonial prison on Île du Diable in French Guiana. Through these journeys, and friendships forged along the way with scientists, archeologists, artists and local residents, Lopez searches for meaning and purpose in a broken world.
     With tenderness and intimacy, Horizon evokes the stillness and the silence of the hottest, the coldest and the most desolate places on the globe. It speaks with beauty and urgency to the invisible ties that unite us; voices concern and frustration alongside humanity and hope; and looks forward to our shared future as much as it looks back at a single life. Revelatory, powerful, profound, this is an epic work of nonfiction that makes you see the world differently: a crowning achievement by one of our most humane voices--one needed now more than ever.
Review Quote*Praise for Barry Lopez and his previous books:

"Barry Lopez is a founding thinker in the field of animal studies. [His] blend of science, folklore, journalism and heart makes the book uniquely impressive and enduring. I doubt we would have seen the return of wolves in places like Yellowstone without it." -Jon Coleman, Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

"An artist in language-a first-rate American writer. Lopez goes straight to the heart of the peculiar sensations, both physical and mental, known to all who have allowed themselves open communion with the land." -Edward Abbey

"Barry Lopez is a writer of alchemical powers who transforms tyranny with a brilliance of language into brave acts of conscience and consequence." -Terry Tempest Williams
"Barry Lopez is a rarity-a writer of unembarrassed seriousness. Resistance, his sequence of depositions from nine troubled travellers, is a work of luminous gravity. It sets the oldest wisdoms of myth and landscape against the newest conventions of the West in narratives which are daring, sensuous, beautiful and important." -Jim Crace

"This is a collection of subtle and mysterious stories, maps of an animalistic world where travellers move beyond the reality of the senses toward spiritual recognition. The reader cannot leave Lopez's fictional territory unchanged." -Annie Proulx

"A modern classic of nature writing, Lopez's book explores the history and landscape of one of the coldest places on Earth." -Michael Schaub, Los Angeles Times
"A book [I] always recommend [is] Arctic Dreams. It opened me up to how landscape inevitably shapes human culture, and the fact that land contains wisdom, if you just decide to stop and look." -Evan Sharp, co-founder of Pinterest, Entrepreneur
"Jubilant. . . . Barry Lopez lavishes his discoveries into a portfolio of delights." -The New York Times Book Review

"Wonderfully informed and evocative. . . . Keen observation given shape with language that is deft and vivid." -Chicago Tribune

"Rich, abundant, vigorously composed." -The Boston Globe
Biographical NoteBARRY LOPEZ is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and fiction, among them Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award; Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist; two collections of essays; several story collections; and Crown and Weasel, a novella-length fable. He contributes regularly to both American and international journals and magazines and has travelled to more than 70 countries to conduct research. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan and National Science foundations and has been honoured by a number of institutions for his literary, humanitarian and environmental work. Additional information at