Apr 2014: Ranger Confidential by Andrea Lankford

  • April 27, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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We will discuss Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks by Andrea Lankford.

The Amazon description:

"For twelve years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes.

Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

In this graphic and yet surprisingly funny account of her and others’ extraordinary careers, Lankford unveils a world in which park rangers struggle to maintain their idealism in the face of death, disillusionment, and the loss of a comrade killed while holding that thin green line between protecting the park from the people, the people from the park, and the people from each other. Ranger Confidential is the story behind the scenery of the nation’s crown jewels—Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Great Smokies, Denali. In these iconic landscapes, where nature and humanity constantly collide, scenery can be as cruel as it is redemptive."

 

At the conclusion of the discussion, we will be voting on a nonfiction book for the June meeting.  Please research the candidates and have your vote ready prior to the meeting.   The three candidate books are:

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss


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  • Cam E.

    not true one was at El Capitan, besides these rescues I'm sure there were many more rescues that have not been recognized. Thanks Jessica!

    May 10, 2014

  • Don F.

    Thanks, Jessica
    Interesting to read the list of honorees. I notice none of the incidents occurred in parks Lankford writes about.

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Jessica B.

    For anyone who read this book and/or attended the discussion, you may find this link interesting. It describes the heroic efforts of 17 park rangers and 3 volunteers that were recognized for their bravery by the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, yesterday. http://lm.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fhome.nps.gov%2Fnews%2Frelease.htm%3Fid%3D1588&h=DAQF4JTvU&enc=AZNyfHGipb1Iajg9ksMsHZC4wthcDsHv6IVNrB0Q_UPm1w86BjLXODChbms1tKe3ZS0&s=1

    May 9, 2014

  • Cheryl

    As always...enjoyed the conversation and catching up with folks.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Jessica B.

    Brownies

    April 27, 2014

  • Kathie

    I will bring BLT appetizers and it is a new recipe - so keep your fingers crossed!

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Don F.

    As it turns out, I will miss the pot luck. But I'll be there for the discussion.

    April 25, 2014

  • Cam E.

    I will provide pineapple kabobs, plates, napkins, etc.

    April 25, 2014

  • Kathie

    This will be first book club mtg and the book looks great!

    1 · March 24, 2014

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