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Susan & Joshua host Guest Author, Peter Brown Hoffmeister

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DIALOGUE Between the Lines

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How far should we go in preserving the splendor of our wild and beautiful parks and natural resources? When destructive development is proposed, should we simply blow it up, or is there another way of protecting what we cherish? These questions and others are raised by a new novel by Peter Brown Hoffmeister called, GRAPHIC THE VALLEY (Tyrus Books, July 2013).
Hoffmeister, an avid climber and outdoorsman, who knows Yosemite like the back of his hand, has written a haunting tale about a young Native American man named Tenaya, named after a Yosemiti chief in days gone by, who was born in a car on the Merced River and grew up in a hidden camp with his parents, living on a diet of fish, acorns and unfinished food discarded by the park’s tourists. He may not know his Social Security number and other facts that most of us take for granted, but has learned to survive and thrive in the wilderness for years while avoiding the scrutiny of park rangers.
Mythical strength, worldly greed, love, lust and epic destruction are explored in this novel which reveals Yosemite as a place of opposites – beautiful, dangerous and violent.  This book reveals the beauty of our first national park as seen through the eyes of someone who is one with it in body and soul and has a stake in keeping it wild and free. The extreme measures that Tenaya and others take to keep encroaching development out of the park raises questions about eco-terrorism and whether parks should be “for the people.”  The book is also an urgent call for preservation.