Standing Up to the Rock

Beth A. Rimmelspacher (jacket illustration) Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2001. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. x, 213, [1] pages. Illustrations. Autographed copy sticker on front of DJ. Signed by the author on the title page. Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Idaho Library Book of the Year award. T. Louise Freeman-Toole (1957-2016) was born in Gardena, California . For most of her childhood, the Freeman family resided in Redondo Beach, California. She attended California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she met Richard Toole, her future husband. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a degree in creative writing. In 1979, she and Richard married in Santa Cruz. True to her dedication to family, the Freeman-Tooles moved to the Northwest in 1988 to join Louise's sister Ingrid and her husband Rick, beginning her powerful love of the Palouse. Though she worked primarily as a librarian, her true calling was writing; her award-winning book "Standing Up to the Rock" chronicled her connection with Idaho and the Snake River. As a freelance writer, her work was published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Alaska Magazine. Moving the family to Illinois, she received her master's degree from Illinois State while her husband pursued his doctorate before they returned to Pullman for several years. She received several fellowships and awards for her writing, including the John Steinbeck Fellowship. When she moved to Alaska to pursue future writing opportunities, she spent several years in the "bush," where she left a piece of her heart in the adventure of living off the grid in Eagle, Alaska. There is a ranch that runs for several miles along the last free-flowing stretch of the Snake River. A beautiful but harsh environment, hellishly hot in the summer and cut off from the outside world for much of the winter, the area is also in the middle of two equally harsh controversies: one over the breaching of the dams on the lower Snake and the other concerning new land management plans in Hells Canyon. T. Louise Freeman-Toole, a sixth-generation Californian, moves to a small Idaho town, little suspecting how profoundly she will be affected by her new life and surroundings. Her frequent visits to the last homestead ranch on the middle Snake River and her friendship with the eighty-year-old ranch owner and his daughter lead her to discover the spirit of the West and her own place there. With deft and evocative prose, Freeman-Toole takes us along as she and her son round up cattle, fix fences, hike, kayak, meet bears, elk, and sturgeon, and encounter rural traditions and values that force her to reexamine her own views on environmentalism, the treatment of animals, property rights, child rearing, and death. Whether investigating her family's roots in Los Angeles, exploring the threats that tourism, recreation, population growth, and sprawl pose for Hells Canyon, or chronicling her ten-year romance with the rugged and spectacular landscape, Freeman-Toole is an able guide to the fraught territory where old ways and new realities, fierce loyalties and political passions, and memory and longing uneasily meet. Condition: Very good / Good.

Keywords: Hells Canyon, Idaho, Rancher, Gender Studies, Feminism, Snake River Valley, Environmental Protection, Cowboy, Nez Perce, Craig Mountain, Somer's Creek, Lewiston, Imnaha Landing, Charles Howard, Sturgeon, Rice Creek Grade, Burns Ranch, Palouse

ISBN: 0803220111

[Book #88134]

Price: $125.00

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