Every April, Philip Connors leaves behind civilization–his wife, bartending job and small-town life in New Mexico–to work as a fire lookout. In Fire Season he captures all of the beauty and enchantment of spending a summer in solitude, in a lookout perched high above the Gila Wilderness, while sparing the reader any sense of monotony or boredom. Connors eloquently conveys what is so beneficial about extended sojourns into our country’s wild places, while telling a captivating tale of local history mixed with discussions of wilderness, fire, and land use management and the connection between fire lookouts and literary figures. The author comes across as a very likable soul–you won’t mind spending time with Connors and his dog Alice in their secluded mountain post.
— Josh, Elliott Bay Book Company
Our thoughts are with all the communities fighting wildfires again this season. You can support firefighter/author Philip Connors by buying his book at Elliott Bay Books or another wonderful independent bookstore.