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October 2021 Biography & Autobiography

All the Leavings
By (author): Laurie Easter



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Paperback , Trade


Oct 15, 2021
$30.95 CAD


9in x 6 in | 1 gr

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176 pages
Oregon State University Press

In All the Leavings, Laurie Easter interrogates her off-grid life in Southern Oregon and its everyday ups and downs, physical and emotional. Her complex, often experimental essays draw on themes of love and danger: her relationships with her mother and with her own daughters; giving birth in a rough cabin, and later desperately seeking help for a critically ill child; encounters with wildlife from birds to mountain lions; comforting a dying friend and worrying about another, entangled by addiction, who simply vanishes; mourning with her alternative community over the loss of a teenager; and, of course, the destructive power of wildfire. Easter brings these themes together into a story that draws strength and context from place.

  • Laurie Easter's essay “Crack My Heart Wide Open,” published by The Rumpus, was listed as a notable essay The Best American Essays, 2015.
  • Her essays have been honoured with a grant and fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center and a residency at Playa
  • This is Laurie Easter's first book

Laurie Easter lives off the grid on the edge of wilderness in southern Oregon. Her essays have been awarded fellowships by the Vermont Studio Center and Playa, listed as notable in Best American Essays, and anthologized in The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms and A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays. She holds degrees from Southern Oregon University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. All the Leavings is her first book.

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