In the bestselling tradition of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Helen MacDonald’s H Is for Hawk, a stunning, inspirational memoir from an award-winning poet at a crossroads…

In the bestselling tradition of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Helen MacDonald’s H Is for Hawk, a stunning, inspirational memoir from an award-winning poet at a crossroads…

In the bestselling tradition of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Helen MacDonald’s H Is for Hawk, a stunning, inspirational memoir from an award-winning poet at a crossroads…

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Karen Auvinen. Author of The Fox Who Came to Dinner

Karen Auvinen is poet, mountain woman, life-long westerner, writer, and the author of the memoir Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living from Scribner. Her poems, stories and essays traverse the intersection of landscape and place, and examines what it means to live deeply and voluptuously, and have appeared in The New York Times, Real Simple, LitHubThe Columbia Review, Ascent, The Cold Mountain Review, and Bill and Dave’s Cocktail Hour, among others. Awards include two Pushcart Prize nominations, a Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Imagination Award, two Academy of American Poets Awards, and a Jentel residency.  She lives at 8600 feet on the Front Range of Colorado with the artist Greg Marquez, their dog, River and Dottie the Cat.

Photo credit: Rowan Turner

Praise for Rough Beauty:

"10 Best Books of June!"

–The Christian Science Monitor

"ROUGH BEAUTY indeed. The passages about fire knocked my hat off. Terrifying yet lovely. Karen Auvinen is an American maverick. Vital, wild and true."

Luis Alberto Urrea, Author of The House of Broken Angels

"This beautiful and elemental book is an invitation into a life of nature and ritual. There are many books about seasons in the wilderness but this is one about a life in it. Rough Beauty has the power to change lives. It stands as an antidote to the hurried way we rush through our days."

David Gessner, New York Times Bestselling author of All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West

"10 Best Books of June!"

–The Christian Science Monitor

"Beautiful, contemplative ... This breathtaking memoir honors the wildness of the Rockies."

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Outstanding ... The author has served a long apprenticeship—sensing life's patterns, becoming embedded in a human community, learning to give and receive love—and the result is a beautiful story of resilience perfect for readers of Terry Tempest Williams."

—Kirkus, starred review

"10 Best Books of June!"

–The Christian Science Monitor

"An essential purchase!"

-Library Journal, starred review

“Karen Auvinen has the heart of a poet and pioneer grit, and Rough Beauty is a wrenchingly evocative memoir. It is a story of loss, but it is also a story of transformation, of finding shards of hope among the ashes and moving forward with gratitude and grace and courage.”

—James Campbell, author of Braving It and The Final Frontiersman

Praise for Rough Beauty:

"10 Best Books of June!"

–The Christian Science Monitor

"ROUGH BEAUTY indeed. The passages about fire knocked my hat off. Terrifying yet lovely. Karen Auvinen is an American maverick. Vital, wild and true."

Luis Alberto Urrea, Author of The House of Broken Angels

"This beautiful and elemental book is an invitation into a life of nature and ritual. There are many books about seasons in the wilderness but this is one about a life in it. Rough Beauty has the power to change lives. It stands as an antidote to the hurried way we rush through our days."

David Gessner, New York Times Bestselling author of All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West

"10 Best Books of June!"

–The Christian Science Monitor

"Beautiful, contemplative ... This breathtaking memoir honors the wildness of the Rockies and shows readers how they might come to rely on their animal companions."

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Outstanding ... The author has served a long apprenticeship—sensing life's patterns, becoming embedded in a human community, learning to give and receive love—and the result is a beautiful story of resilience perfect for readers of Terry Tempest Williams."

—Kirkus, starred review

"10 Best Books of June!"

–The Christian Science Monitor

“Karen Auvinen had chartered a fiercely independent course through her adult life with her dog Elvis at her side. But when tragedy strikes, she is forced to navigate the world beyond the rocks and ridges of the wild Colorado mountains she calls home and accept the kindness of friends and strangers alike. Auvinen has the heart of a poet and pioneer grit, and Rough Beauty is a wrenchingly evocative memoir. It is a story of loss, but it is also a story of transformation, of finding shards of hope among the ashes and moving forward with gratitude and grace and courage.”

—James Campbell, author of Braving It and The Final Frontiersman
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