Bird Cloud

Bird Cloud

A Memoir

Large Print - 2011 | Large print ed
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Named for a cloud that hung in the evening sky when Annie Proulx first visited, Bird Cloud is 640 acres of Wyoming wetlands and prairie with cliffs plunging down to the North Platte River. She knew she had to purchase it, and what she would build there - a house in harmony with her work, her appetites and her character. This is that story, along with an enthralling natural history and archaeology of the region, a family history, and an illuminating autobiography.
Publisher: Detroit [Mich]. : Thorndike Press, 2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780007265084
0007265085
9781410434937
1410434931
Branch Call Number: B PROULX Large Print Coll
Characteristics: Large print
361 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 05, 2014

The author of "The Shipping News" writes a memoir about how not to build a dream home in rural WY. She fell in love with the setting, on national land that severely restricted what she could do. She admits she should have checked lots of things ahead of time when she fell in love with the land. Because she wanted to, she blithely believed the Realtor's claim that of course the county would plow the road in the winter. Not. This meant, first, that construction couldn't be done once the first heavy snow started, and second, that once the house was built, she couldn't use it after the first heavy snow. She also hadn't checked what the wind would do, scouring down the cliffs that she loved so much. Certain plants she wanted in particular places wouldn't grow, etc, etc. Cattle had to be rescued from an island in the river. But she loved the setting, and the house. She became extremely attached to members of her building crew, and they would knock off work to go camping together. A fascinating, irritating book. Sometimes I wanted to shake her for having no common sense. At other times, I wanted to climb the cliff with her, on the hunt for the eagle's nests.

rlbecker Mar 09, 2012

This is a splendid book about living with nature in Wyoming. We learn about the author's joys and problems dealing with building a house in the middle of nowhere. We meet a motley crew of people who are helping with the many aspects of the construction. After it is finished, and during construction, we meet the many critters who live in the vicinity, including eagles, mountain lions, elk, and cows. Highly recommended.

joyhuebert Jun 10, 2011

really enjoyed this nonfiction book about Annie Proulx's life in Wyoming and her ordeal in building a house. She provides alot of information about the environment and history of the area as well. Very impressive.

Bluegrassgirl May 02, 2011

A true disappoinment. Perhaps written with her editors help to raise more money she needed to sink into the mistake. Rather than an "Under the Tuscan Sun" style memoir - this is the money pit "exposed to the ceaseless Wyoming wind."

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Jennmro
May 01, 2011

I had anticipated liking this book a lot more than I actually did. It had all the elements of a book that I typically enjoy, and I love Annie Proulx, but this book fell flat for me. I couldn't get interested in her family history and the detailed description of her childhood had me skimming some of the pages. Overall, not my favorite Annie Proulx book.

debwalker Jan 16, 2011

Proulx builds her dream home in the Wyoming wilderness. "An unintentional lesson in how not to move from the urban east to the rural west."

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