Philip Connors is a fire lookout, which means he does exactly what the words suggest: He spends several months of the year perched high above the wilderness and searches for forest fire. Some fires are natural and will be allowed to burn. Others—like the ones started by humans—are not, and will be put out.
In Fire Season, a "stunning gift of a memoir," Connors writes beautifully about his desire to lengthen his attention span, our need to make peace with fire and his role as a citizen (rather than a conqueror) of the wilderness. You can get a feel for Connors' life as a lookout in this trailer from Ecco:
In BookPage, Catherine Hollis calls Fire Season an "exciting new addition to the canon of American nature writing." The book is on sale today. Will you pick it up?
Have you seen any good book trailers lately?