Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Beginning: Meander Scars by Abby Phillips Metzger


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I live by a river that floats through a broad valley between two mountain ranges, a river called the Willamette.

-- Meander Scars: Reflections on Healing the Willamette River by Abby Phillips Metzger.

Metzger has spent her lifetime exploring Oregon's Willamette River up close.  This book, with it's gorgeous cover, contains essays on her observations and impressions.

I can't read a book all about the Willamette River without taking the opportunity to remind my non-Oregonian friends that we don't pronounce the name of our main river with a French accent. It's not will-uh-METT, it's will-A-met, rhymes with damn it.  And, while we're on the subject, we pronounce Oregon just like an organ in a church.


  1. Sounds quite inspiring. The cover is very pretty!

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  2. I love Oregon....and this looks like a lovely book.

  3. Meander Scars sounds like an inspiring read. The introduction is beautiful.
    Happy Reading,
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

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  5. I used to do Geography and we spent quite a lot of time discussing rivers and pollution, so this sounds quite interesting. And I just love the cover, I think it's beautiful! Thanks for hosting :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  6. And while we ARE on the subject, I will be visiting Oregon for the very first time next weekend. YAY! I have always wanted to go. Me and my co-blogger are going for the release party of Colleen Hoover's newest book, Maybe Someday. We also plan to visit Powell's bookstore while we are in Portland. I heard it is huge! Cant wait to visit the Rose City!

  7. Interesting lesson on how to say your river and state name. We have the same problem here in Ark - an -sas. Especially with people from Kansas. They just do not understand.

  8. Makes me want to read it and visit Oregon too.
    Book Dilettante

  9. Interesting opening, I love the book cover =D Happy reading!

    My Friday Book Memes

  10. Sounds like an interesting book. I hope you are enjoying it. Happy reading!

  11. This book sounds perfect for armchair travelers!

  12. Sounds like a fascinating book, and thanks for the lesson in pronunciation!

  13. Sorry, I'm late! Sounds like something I would read. :)

  14. LOL, thanks for the pronunciation tips! It's always confusing to me because I see so many of these place names and various other words written out on the page so often, but I don't know how to pronounce them! =)


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