Temperance Creek

Temperance Creek

A Memoir

Book - 2016
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In the early seventies, some of us were shot like stars from our parents homes. This was an act of nature, bigger than ourselves. In the austere beauty and natural reality of Hell's Canyon of Eastern Oregon, one hundred miles from pavement, Pam, unable to identify with her parent's world and looking for deeper pathways has a chance encounter with returning Vietnam warrior Skip Royes. Skip, looking for a bridge from survival back to connection, introduces Pam to the vanishing culture of the wandering shepherd and together they embark on a four-year sojourn into the wilderness. From the back of a horse, Pam leads her packstring of readers from overlook to water crossing, down trails two thousand years old, and from the vantages she chooses for us, we feel the edges of our own experiences. It is a memoir of falling in love with a place and a man and the price extracted for that love. Pam chronicles her journey from a suburban college student to a 'wild woman', from hippie to sheepherder to outlaw. Her trail starts at the University of Oregon and finishes in wild and remote Hells Canyon on thge Snake River. Along the way, she bravely confronts rattlesnakes, cougars, bears and a bullet wound to her thign, while learning the complex tasks of sheepherding from her partner, the intrepid Skip.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2016]
ISBN: 9781619027305
Call Number: BIO 979.5 ROYES 2016
Characteristics: xvii, 408 pages : map ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Jordan, Teresa


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Pamela Royes knew that college and her family's middle class values weren't for her, so when a handsome barefooted mountain man asked her to explore the canyons of Eastern Oregon, she said sure- why not?

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Feb 27, 2020

Pamela a risk taker of her generation. For those of us that were part of that generation she is winner, not all of us made it. Beautiful writing about her relationship with nature. She joins current outstanding women writing their memoirs.

Oct 11, 2018

Are there any books of Temperance Creek available. According to the request there are only e books available. Thanks. Bev Henneous.

Apr 20, 2017

I like her writing style. It brought back memories of the 1970's...some of the inequalities and quickly changing beliefs between men and women.

Feb 18, 2017

Loved this book, couldn't put it down. I read half of it the first day which is highly unusual for me.

Sep 18, 2016

I loved this book! I wanted to savor it, but APL had to get it on ILL from OK so I had to hurry. A memoir written by a woman in her 60s, it tells in beautiful prose how, after a middle class upbringing marked by alcoholism and drug use, she found meaning and built a rich, rewarding life living and working in the wild country of western OR. I hope APL will purchase it soon!


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