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Because It Is So Beautiful: Unraveling the Mystique of the American West

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A Finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

"Calling Robert Reid an outdoor writer is like calling Thoreau a writer about pond camping." —Robert Roper, author of Nabokov in America

Ranging in their settings from eastern New Mexico to northern Alaska, Robert Leonard Reid’s essays illustrate his belief that the American West is worth celebrating and caring for. The nineteen pieces in Because It Is So Beautiful include essays from Reid’s previous books Arctic Circle, Mountains of the Great Blue Dream, and America, New Mexico; three essays that appear here in print for the first time; as well as revised and expanded versions of essays that appeared in Touchstone, The Progressive, and elsewhere.

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