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Mountain Blood

Mountain Blood

(1986)
A novel by

 
Publisher's Weekly
In his introduction, the author wrestles with the distinction between fact and fiction, the real and the imaginary. Baker, an English professor at the University of California, is the first winner of the Associated Writing Program Award for Creative Non-Fiction, an award administered by a national union of universities. His seven pieces encompass reminiscence, personal experience and reflections on historyembellished by imagination. A small boy catches his first trout; a youth in Idaho's lumber country works in a sawmill and thinks about his girl. Later, the author, in search of a disreputable great-uncle, remembers with bitterness his own failed marriage. Stories about his prospector grandfather lead him to abandoned mines in Mexico and a self-sufficient native family. Baker meditates on suburbs that now occupy Indian hunting grounds in ''Letter to a Nebraska Housewife.'' His tales are powerful evocations of the American West, past and present.

Library Journal
This book, which won the Associated Writing Program's first award for ''creative nonfiction,'' begins with a provocative foreword exploring the terminology, function, and form of those works that are basically factual but have enough embellishments to make them also fictional. Whatever one wishes to call them, this is a collection of stories about life in the mountainous mining and lumbering regions of the West in the early 20th century. Based on personal recollections, familial yarns, reportage, speculation, and fact, they portray growing pains, social customs, and above all, the corporate-versus-environment battle. Well-written, humorous, and insightful, this would be a good purchase for general collections. Sondra Brunhumer, Western Michigan Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo

 
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Hardback Editions

March 1986 : USA Hardback
Title: Mountain Blood
Author(s): Will Baker
ISBN: 0-8203-0819-6 / 978-0-8203-0819-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr
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Paperback Editions

September 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: Mountain Blood (Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction Ser.)
Author(s): Will Baker
ISBN: 0-8203-4762-0 / 978-0-8203-4762-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
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September 1988 : USA Paperback
Title: Mountain Blood
Author(s): Will Baker
ISBN: 0-671-66096-9 / 978-0-671-66096-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone Books
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Kindle Editions

April 1986 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Mountain Blood
Author(s): Will Baker, Annie Dillard
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
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