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In "Potluck, " Ana Maria Spagna explores the enduring human connection to place, journeying from Tijuana to a California beach to Utah's canyon country-and, always, back to the sparsely populated valley in the North Cascades she calls home. Potluck" homes in on the everyday gatherings that, over time, define a community: a makeshift wedding, an art gallery opening, a farewell potluck, a work party, a campfire, a political caucus, a funeral

Ana Maria Spagna is the author of THE LUCKIEST SCAR ON EARTH and five nonfiction books.

Ana Maria Spagna is the author of THE LUCKIEST SCAR ON EARTH and five nonfiction books. See actions taken by the people who manage and post content. Page created – 12 December 2009.

In Potluck, Ana Maria Spagna explores the enduring human connection to place, journeying from Tijuana to a California beach to Utah's canyon country-and, always, back to the sparsely populated valley in the North Cascades she calls home. Potluck homes in on the everyday gatherings that, over time, define a community: a makeshift wedding, an art gallery opening, a farewell potluck, a work party, a campfire, a political caucus, a funeral.

Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness.

She is the author of seven books including most recently UPLAKE: Restless Essays of Coming and Going. Her work explores wilderness, community, civil rights, reclaiming, snowboarding, as well as useful survival skills including storytelling, laughing, and sleeping. Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness.

I’ve been keeping company with Ana Maria Spagna’s essay collections, Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw; and Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness while we’ve been vacationing in the Cascades. After college, Spagna made a commitment to work on trail crews for the National Park Service in spring, summer, and fall, and to travel during the winter months. Eventually, she settled in Stehekin, Washington, a remote town in the northern Cascades, where she and her partner built their own house. I believe she still works the trail crews several months out of the year

In Potluck, Ana Maria Spagna explores the enduring human connection to place, journeying from Tijuana to a California beach to Utah's canyon country-and, always, back to the sparsely populated valley in the North Cascades that she calls home. Potluck homes in on the everyday gatherings that, over time, define a community: a makeshift wedding, an art gallery opening, a farewell potluck, a work party, a work party, a campfire, a political caucus, a funeral. Spagna asks, and she reveals, again and again, the gift of community-easy and uneasy,.

Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness returned to the Pacific Northwest to explore the ways that our relationships with people and places grow intertwined over time, tangled even. In the very best way. It was followed a couple of years later by 100 Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (As We Know It), a humor-infused guide to living well now and in an uncertain future, and Reclaimers a braided nonfiction narrative about people, especially indigenous people and elder women, reclaiming sacred land and water.

Ana Maria Spagna lives and writes in Stehekin, Washington, a remote community in the North Cascades. She’s the author of five books including two new in 2015: Reclaimers and 100 Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It). Her previous books include the memoir/history Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus, winner of the River Teeth literary nonfiction prize, and two essay collections, Potluck and Now Go Home. Her work appears regularly in journals and magazines such as Orion, Creative Nonfiction, Ecotone, Brevity, Portland, and High Country News, and she has twice been a finalist for.

Ana Maria Spagna lives and writes in tiny Stehekin, Washington. Her books include Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw; Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey; and Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness. You can learn more about her life and work at ww. namariaspagna.

In Potluck, Ana Maria Spagna explores the enduring human connection to place, journeying from Tijuana to a California beach to Utah's canyon country--and, always, back to the sparsely populated valley in the North Cascades she calls home.

Potluck homes in on the everyday gatherings that, over time, define a community: a makeshift wedding, an art gallery opening, a farewell potluck, a work party, a campfire, a political caucus, a funeral. "What connects us?" Spagna asks, and she reveals, again and again, the gift of community--easy and uneasy, deep and enduring and essential.


Comments: (7)

Pipet
So good. It gives you a view of life in a tiny town out in the woods... literally! Stehekin is an unbelievable town to imagine nowadays! And learning how this small, rural town accepts two homosexual woman... is wonderful. Such a great story about how the people of the town interact and help each other.

Beautifully written. So unusual and different. I have to be honest; I would recommend any book written by Anna Maria Spagna. She writes with complete honesty and a lovely prose that keeps it from feeling like she's lecturing you. And her books are always about subjects that are unusual or rare and fascinating. You feel like a more informed person for reading them; but also highly entertained and moved by the reads. I highly recommend this book.
Dondallon
I just finished reading Potluck, and I must say I found it absolutely phenomenal. It mesmerized me from the beginning
to the end. The easy and delicious way Spagna describes Stehekin, and the hills and valleys in and around it, is so
enticingly captivating. Her love for the place and her community reveals itself in enchanting details page after page
without a pause. It's to her credit that I can almost picture the place and the community that inhabits it. Stehekin
is a character in Potluck, and Spagna's intense love for it is felt throughout the book. Potluck seems more like a colorful
painting than a collection of essays. It kept me turning the pages not only because of the richness of the language
and the metaphors Spagna uses, but also because of the humor that almost seems to smirk behind many of her
sentences. The essays in the beginning of the book loop back to Spagna's paradise in an interesting way.
At the end of the book, I felt a real urge to go see Stehekin and meet its unique community.

The Fall Line, the essay in which Spagna describes her relationship with Laurie, is so powerful and touching ...
especially the limning of the relationship as it begins to take shape so naturally, so gently and so compellingly. This essay
left me almost breathless as I followed Spagna and Laurie's deep feelings for each other and expression of those feelings
in weighted silence. Reading this essay was like reading a long beautiful poem.

I have read "Now Go Home" and "Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus," Spagna's other two books, and I have read many of her
essays. I have never felt disappointed with her work. She is definitely one to watch for among the present day promising writers.
Mightdragon
Potluck is hands down a beautiful book. Of all the things to admire in it, I think I admire Spagna's voice the most. Her's is a straightforward voice of everyday cadences, yet also supple and strong. It carries the reader like a lean-muscled, free-running stream whose depth-trill murmurs the truth of what it means to be claimed by a landscape and a community.

This is the voice you want for company when the bees buzz and the hammock sways -- and when the windows rattle and the last lightening strike was far too close.
Fenrinos
Food, wilderness and community are the themes of this book...subjects I am particularly interested in right now. Quick delivery, too. Thank you!
Ice_One_Guys
Potluck is a feast! The reader is both nourished and enlightened by this remote community in the North Cascades of Washington state. With a broad range of residents, crammed into a narrow mountain valley, Spagna, a resident herself, is able to stay partial to all. Whether sweet, or, sour, she tastes and lets the reader devour a place, from hors d'oeuvres to dessert, from easy-to-fix recipes to spoiled food. Death is expressed bluntly, bravely and with all the emotion of a fancy ten course meal. Bring your dish to potluck and sample it all!
I_LOVE_228
Stehekin resident Ana Maria Spagna writes perceptively and generously about the ties that bind communities: people to people, people to place, self to story. Also serving as a memoir of her travels near and far, Potluck celebrates the ordinary rituals that define our lives.
Fenrikasa
I look forward to lots more re-readings so I can get all of the juicy bits this Potluck offers about community, place, and home. Spagna braids the rich threads of her life as well as LIFE into masterful, moving, thought-provoking essays. Potluck is a treasure.
Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness download epub
Nature & Ecology
Author: Ana Maria Spagna
ISBN: 0870715917
Category: Science & Math
Subcategory: Nature & Ecology
Language: English
Publisher: Oregon State University Press (April 15, 2011)
Pages: 176 pages