"You have abandoned something precious in your life so you need to read Ana Maria Spagna's Reclaimers by way of forgiveness and forward motion. As this book's Timbisha Shoshone elder says, 'We don't break away from what is part of us.' Like revising a poem, or restoring a friendship-but more complex by orders of magnitude-Reclaimers describes the sustained determination of individuals and communities to do right by sacred land, holy places, and processes that myriad acts of desecration have hurt but failed to destroy. In a world where many places have been paved, trashed, squandered to lesser uses, there may still be passionate devotion, scrappy persistence, clarity about value, and whatever work it takes to save a place-or, in the case of this fine book, tell the story of that transforming miracle. These stories restore our faith in sacred land, and in ourselves. Dawn may yet illuminate what has been reclaimed."
-Kim Stafford, author of 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared
"When Ana Maria Spagna talks wilderness, people listen. In Reclaimers, she leads us up the slippery slope of government regulation, indigenous rights, salmon return, and forest management in search of moral high ground. If you live in the west, you will want to read this book. Bring a spare fan belt."
-Kathleen Alcalá , author of The Desert Remembers My Name
"A compelling and important book. In a recent talk, Barry Lopez said that the difference between 'authentic stories' and 'inauthentic stories' is that authentic stories are about 'us' but inauthentic stories are only about the person telling the story. For me, this is an authentic story, an important one to tell, and more hopeful than what I am used to."
-Robin Hemley, author of Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness
"Spagna's enthusiasm for their dedication and causes is irresistible. Such struggles are the real deal, after all, and what reader wouldn't cheer on these tenacious underdogs trying to remedy past damage? We're blessed with opportunities to make a difference, the writing shows...The lessons of her journeys, those readers can glean from these pages, are 'Do what you can. Hope without hope. Expect the unexpected."