Deep Creek by Pam Houston

Deep Creek

Beloved writer and teacher Pam Houston explores what ties her to the earth in essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air.“How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us.” In her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, Pam Houston explores what ties her to the earth—her 120-acre homestead in the Colorado Rockies most of all. Here, elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to...

Details Deep Creek

TitleDeep Creek
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Environment, Nature, Biography, Biography Memoir

Reviews Deep Creek

  • Laura
    A balm for the soul, a visit with an old friend, a love song to the Earth. This book was all that and more. Cowboys Are My Weakness was a touchstone for me when I was in my mid-twenties, and this book served as a reminder of the fiery, uncertain young woman I once was and an illustration of how far I’ve come to be comfortable in my own life since then. I’m grateful to writers like Pam Houston who put themselves out in the world to provide gen...
  • Katie
    It took me awhile to write this review because I am still getting over the excitement of reading a new book from Pam Houston. Her writing was moving and I felt like I could see her ranch and all of the places she described so beautifully. This is an important book about being a woman, an environmentalist, and a writer. Her voice is so refreshing and it will be the perfect read for welcoming 2019.
  • Kales
    This is a book I wouldn't normally pick up. It is a memoir, outdoorsy, and about subjects I don't give any care about. However, I heard Pam Houston speak and after her enigmatic talk I knew I had to read this book. I hadn't read anything else of hers--in fact, I didn't know she was a fiction author until I read this book. And it was wonderful.I learned so much more than I every thought I would about the mountains in my home state. I know, I'm fro...
  • RMazin
    Deep Creek is Pam Houston’s invitation to her ranch home in the high country of Colorado. She bravely invites the reader into the world she has made for herself. From an old homestead, Houston has created a refuge, a home of natural beauty, with animals both wild and domestic. Here Houston can create and refuel from her teaching and journeys around the world. This is also the place where she can become the person she was always meant to be…ev...
  • Julie
    Any book that brings me to tears on multiple occasions deserves all the stars.I expected a lot. It packed way more wallop.
  • Sara Cutaia
    Pam Houston's writing is the most comforting and encouraging writing that tackles the horrors and pains of this world that I've ever read. With prose that sings, she takes you through the years that she's lived on her 120-acre ranch in Creede, Colorado, and relays the joys and terrors she's experienced while there. Hers is a story of resilience, and it was even before she had to take care of ranch animals, and deal with elevation, and survive win...
  • Andrew
    Deep Creek is a one-of-a-kind account of living on a ranch in rural Creede, Colorado. Over a 30 year timespan, Houston recaps stories involving all aspects of country solitude, including a harrowing account of the West Fork Fire Complex. Sometimes people can be cruel, sometimes neighbors are generously kind, and sometimes animals are better than humans altogether. This rustic collection shines light on both how simple and how complex ranch life c...
  • Brooke Dilling
    Beautiful. And sad and difficult to read. I’ve never read Pam Houston before, but I love her connection to the land and the power it has to heal.
  • Tomigirl44
    Deep Creek by Pam HoustonFull disclosure: I’m grateful to NetGalley for the free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I give this book 5 stars.Wow – this book is amazing! Although I had other plans (including a number of books ahead of this one to be read) I just couldn’t put this book down and read it in 1 days. Houston is honest and insightful in regard to her childhood, family and some of the challenges she faced an...
  • Susan Burlew
    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and thought it sounded interesting. It was incredibly good. The author shares parts of her life from childhood to adult and the ranch she has owned for 25 years. She makes a connection between them and her love for her land and nature everywhere and shows how it has helped her come to terms with some horrifying events in the past. I believe she is incredibly brave for learning to live her life and find some...
  • Katelyn
    Wow, it was a treat to read Houston's stories about living on 120 acres in a valley in Colorado. This is the ultimate voyeurism: reading about living way out with the snow piling up and animals to care for, but without having to do the super hard work that goes along with that lifestyle. Houston switches off living on her land and teaching writing in California to support said land. Highly recommended.Trigger warning: sexual abuse
  • Peggy
    I've loved Pam Houston's books ever since I read Sight Hound. The author and I share a love of Irish Wolfhounds, so I'm always excited about any new book by her. For the most part, I enjoyed this book. She's a great lover of the outdoors and the natural world. I kind of skipped over the history of her ranch, but loved reading about all of her animals.
  • Linda
    The author presents a series of vignettes about her life on a Colorado ranch, interspersed with stories of her extremely dysfunctional childhood and photographs of her beautiful homestead and some of its inhabitants.
  • Ruth Glen
    I like her writing.