WINNER
FINALIST

“Rebecca Lawton’s expertise is apparent, as is her enthusiasm.” — Wall Street Journal
“Lawton’s writing flows through wars and watering places, her prose precise and at times mystic.”
— Craig Childs, author of Atlas of a Lost World
“Lawton, a fluvial geologist and former Colorado River guide, shares her love and fears for the endangered Western resource—water . . . ” — Rob Spillman, judge for 2020 Oregon Book Award
“Lawton brings a poet’s eye to the landscapes she loves, but she is, at heart, a warrior.”  — Andy Weinberger, author of the Amos Parisman series and owner and bookseller at Readers’ Books
“Hers is a wake–up call, shaped by Lawton’s deep knowledge and love of place, and mostly her commitment to waterways, streams and creeks and rivers and oceans.” — Debra Gwartney, author of I’m A Stranger Here Myself
“Rebecca Lawton writes like a child of the wilderness as she brings together the rolling hay fields, a river that can’t be tamed, and so many more human-and-nature scenarios . . . ” — Julia Park Tracey, author of The Doris Diaries
“Through deft, spirited storytelling, Lawton faces with compassionate courage the painful truths of our defiled and dwindling waterways . . . ” — Sarah Juniper Rabkin, author and illustrator of What I Learned at Bug Camp
“[Lawton’s] musings on this beloved arid land and its water shimmer with wonder . . . ” — Ana Maria Spagna, author of The Luckiest Scar on Earth

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