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Pasatiempo - - In Other Words -

Rivers run through them Be­gin­ning with a har­row­ing tale of out­door ad­ven­ture, Sarahlee Lawrence’s River House: A Mem­oir (pub­lished by Tin House Books) quickly evolves into a love let­ter to fam­ily and the Pa­cific North­west. Re­turn­ing to her child­hood roots in cen­tral Ore­gon af­ter serv­ing as a guide on some of the world’s most per­ilous rivers, Lawrence hand-builds a log home with the help of her mother, a long­time rancher, and her fa­ther, a holdover hang-ten hip­pie. While Lawrence’s love of the land and her new home deep­ens, her once-strong bond with her fa­ther shows signs of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. He longs to re­turn to the ocean, to leave be­hind the drudgery of ranch­ing life and pick up surf­ing again. As one fam­ily mem­ber moves away from a life along the wa­ter, an­other is once again drawn to it. Lawrence tells a heart­break­ing story with an ad­ven­turer’s and nat­u­ral­ist’s po­etic voice while shed­ding new light on the rugged peo­ple and nat­u­ral beauty that make up this re­mote re­gion of the coun­try. Lawrence signs copies of River House at 5 p.m. Mon­day, Nov. 29, at Gar­cia Street Books, 376 Gar­cia St., 986-0151.

As part of South­west Sem­i­nars’ Mother Earth Fa­ther Sky 2010 lec­ture se­ries, poet, en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist, and colum­nist V.B. Price presents “Wa­ter War­fare in the Ur­ban West” at 6 p.m. Mon­day, Nov. 29, at Ho­tel Santa Fe (1501 Paseo de Per­alta). Price dis­cusses wa­ter qual­ity, wa­ter rights, and the en­vi­ron­men­tal and po­lit­i­cal per­ils that ac­com­pany the ero­sion of snow­packs feed­ing the Colorado and Río Grande rivers. Ad­mis­sion is $12 at the door; to learn more, visit www.south­west­sem­i­nars.org.

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