Philip Connors; A SONG FOR THE RIVER; Cinco Puntos Press (Nonfiction: Nature) 16.95 ISBN: 9781941026915
Byline: Jeff Fleischer
Philip Connors has previously written about his many years as a fire lookout in New Mexico's Gila National Forest. His new memoir, A Song for the River, reflects not only on the wilderness, but also on the lives of those who are touched by it. It's a work at times sad and beautiful, at others reverent.
Much of the book focuses on the deaths of four people who loved the Gila River. A chapter set during the summer of 2014 relates the author's friendship with John, a longtime fire lookout whom Connors views as a supportive brother, and who died in a freak accident in the wilderness. Other chapters describe three promising local students, committed to studying and preserving the natural beauty around them, who died with their teacher in a small plane crash.
In all these cases, Connors pays meaningful tribute to...