The Names of the Stars

The Names of the Stars

A Life in the Wilds

Book - 2016
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"At twenty years old, Pete Fromm heard of a job babysitting salmon eggs, seven winter months alone in a tent in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Leaping at this chance to be a mountain man, with no experience in the wilds, he left the world. Thirteen years later, he published his beloved memoir of that winter, Indian Creek Chronicles --Into the Wild with a twist. Twenty five years later, he was asked to return to the wilderness to babysit more fish eggs. But no longer a footloose twenty year old, at forty-five, he was the father of two young sons. He left again, alone, straight into the heart of Montana's Bob Marshall wilderness, walking a daily ten mile loop to his fish eggs through deer and elk and the highest density of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states. The Names of the Stars is not only a story of wilderness and bears but also a trek through a life lived at its edges, showing how an impulsive kid transformed into a father without losing his love for the wilds. From loon calls echoing across Northwood lakes to the grim realities of life guarding in the Nevada desert, through the isolation of Indian Creek and years spent running the Snake and Rio Grande as a river ranger, Pete seeks out the source of this passion for wildness, as well as explores fatherhood and mortality and all the costs and risks and rewards of life lived on its own terms"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250101686
1250101689
Branch Call Number: B FROMM
Characteristics: 254 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm

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AL_HOLLYR Sep 11, 2017

A thoughtful memoir of a life navigated through the wilderness.

"The Names of the Stars" is the story of Pete Fromm's solitary life working in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. His memoir tells how an impulsive kid transformed into a father without losing his love for the wilds.

A father returns to the wilds of his youth to see how much he's changed. I added this to my to-be-read pile.


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