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  • Author: John Muir with photographs by Scot Miller
  • Hardcover; 188 pages; color photographs and maps
  • Houghton Mifflin; copyright 2011
  • My First Summer in the Sierra includes a forward by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
  • Measures approximately 10.5 x 9 in.

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Writing, Muir once said, is �like the life of a glacier, one eternal grind.� My First Summer in the Sierra, his best and most enduring book, extends the analogy. Just as the unforgettable granite domes of Yosemite, so impressive, impassive and seemingly impermeable, were molded and shaped by patient glaciers, each journal entry here has been sculpted and polished by the man who considered glaciers proof of �Nature as poet, an enthusiastic workingman.�

�Everything in Nature called destruction must be creation, a change from beauty to beauty,� Muir advises us in these pages, distilling what he learned during his life-changing three and a half months in the Sierra. In the mountains he called the Range of Light, such insights come more easily, he said, because �everthing is perfectly clean and pure and full of divine lessons � until the hand of God becomes visible.�

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