Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness
by Ana Maria Spagna
“In Potluck, Ana Maria Spagna explores the enduring human connection to place, journeying from Tijuana to a California beach to Utah’s canyon country–and, always, back to the sparsely populated valley in the North Cascades she calls home.
Potluck homes in on the everyday gatherings that, over time, define a community: a makeshift wedding, an art gallery opening, a farewell potluck, a work party, a campfire, a political caucus, a funeral. “What connects us?” Spagna asks, and she reveals, again and again, the gift of community–easy and uneasy, deep and enduring and essential.” Amazon Book Review
“So many writers romanticize rural life, and so few address its true difficulties and rewards. Ana Maria Spagna never flinches: In this wry, wise, and beautifully written collection of essays, she takes a deep, honest look at her life in a small community, and teaches all of us something about ourselves and our neighbors.” –Michelle Nijhuis, contributing editor, High Country News