"I have talked about luscious wines and succulent fruit and
exquisite dinners. But there may be no more evocative experience of
the two valleys than the smell of new-mown hay in the fields at
dusk. If a person were to close their eyes, they could not tell if
they were in Provence or the North Fork Valley. That sweet, earthy
odor is part of the beauty of these places."
-From An American Provence
In this poetic personal narrative, Thomas P. Huber reflects on
two seemingly unrelated places-the North Fork Valley in western
Colorado and the Coulon River Valley in Provence, France-and finds
a shared landscape and sense of place. What began as a simple
comparison of two like places in distant locations turned into a
more complex, interesting, and personal task. Much is similar-the
light, the valleys, the climate, the agriculture. And much is less
so-the history, the geology, the physical makeup of villages. Using
a geographer's eye and passion for the land and
people, Huber examines the regions' similarities
and differences to explore the common emotional impact of each
region. Part intimate travelogue and part case study of geography
in the real world, An American Provence illuminates the
importance sense of place plays in who we are.
Subjects: General Science, Geography, History
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