Ambler and her husband worked for the National Park Service and lived on Yellowstone Lake for nearly ten years. She has turned that experience into a wide-ranging book about the challenges of that life and the community of people who depend on each other for survival. Her book delves into the history of winter life for park employees—and women in particular:
“A trip to the grocery store involved a 30-mile snowmobile ride through bison herds over a treacherous pass. Everyone they knew—including themselves—was transformed by living amongst bison and bears, forest fires, avalanches, and whiteouts. The book explores the joys and hardships of their lives.”
Emmy award winning producer Geoffrey O’Gara writes, “We think of Yellowstone as one of the last vestiges of wilderness. In Marjane Ambler’s capable hands, we learn that it is also one of the last places in North America where people life in a real community—isolated, buffeted by nature, and deeply, intimately dependent on one another. Life and death, love and loss—it’s all here, in an extraordinary setting, thanks to an extraordinary storyteller.”
Ambler is a former associate editor of High Country News, and author of Breaking the Iron Bonds: Indian Control of Energy Development. Her reading is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the reading. For more information, call 333-2330.