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Peter Heller (1) (1959–)

Author of The Dog Stars

For other authors named Peter Heller, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Peter Heller is a contributing editor for Outside magazine, a noted adventure journalist, and a world-class paddler. He lives in Denver
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Works by Peter Heller

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Travelers' Tales MEXICO : True Stories (1994) — Contributor — 61 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1959-02-13
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
New York, USA
Places of residence
Denver, Colorado, USA
Education
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Iowa Writer's Workshop (MFA|Fiction and Poetry)
Occupations
journalist
editor
Organizations
Outside
Short biography
Peter Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and Men's Journal, and a frequent contributor to Businessweek. He is an award winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. He lives in Denver. Heller was born and raised in New York. He attended high school in Vermont and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where he became an outdoorsman and whitewater kayaker. He traveled the world as an expedition kayaker, writing about challenging descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucuses, Central America and Peru.At the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received an MFA in fiction and poetry, he won a Michener fellowship for his epic poem "The Psalms of Malvine." He has worked as a dishwasher, construction worker, logger, offshore fisherman, kayak instructor, river guide, and world class pizza deliverer. Some of these stories can be found in Set Free in China, Sojourns on the Edge. In the winter of 2002 he joined, on the ground team, the most ambitious whitewater expedition in history as it made its way through the treacherous Tsangpo Gorge in Eastern Tibet. He chronicled what has been called The Last Great Adventure Prize for Outside, and in his book Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River.

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So good. Language is so powerful. Apocalyptic, post flu.
 
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Fromie | 217 other reviews | Nov 28, 2023 |
Somewhere in Colorado, some years into the future, Hig is one of the few survivors of a global flu pandemic. Resource scarcity has caused a rise in violence as people do whatever it takes to ensure their survival. Hig has forged a partnership with Bangley and together they protect their compound from marauding gangs. Bangley's back story is not clear, although his expertise with guns and ammunition offers clues. But Hig also has a humanitarian side, and routinely uses his private plane to provide food and other aid to a Mennonite community.

Hig suffered tremendous loss during the pandemic; his dog Jasper is now his only family. But nine years after the pandemic, Jasper is showing signs of age. Hig and Jasper go out foraging, sometimes spending the night in the wilderness. Jasper also accompanies Hig on his routine reconnaissance flights. Whenever Hig flies near an airport, he uses his radio in hopes of finding other human life. On one flight he received a faint response, and ultimately decided to search for its source. This trip will be longer than usual, with a risk of running out of fuel, not to mention other potential dangers.

This marks a turning point in the novel, as the focus shifts from the bleak and violent living conditions fraught with despair, to a personal journey that offers hope. I will refrain from saying more, except that once Hig began his journey I found this book un-putdownable.
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lauralkeet | 217 other reviews | Nov 14, 2023 |
Two men paddling down a river doesn't sound like it'll be much of a book, but add in a wildfire, a woman who has been found beaten insensible and you will have what might be a standard action novel. I the hands of Heller, though, it becomes more. This is a paean to river paddling in the north woods. This is a study (contrasts and compare) of a strong and trusting friendship between two white men from opposite sides of this country.
I'm sure I'll want to read this again, even tho I will no longer have the suspense of an unknown ending.… (more)
½
 
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juniperSun | 72 other reviews | Nov 5, 2023 |
An enthralling story of a canoe trip in Canada's northern wilderness. I love outdoor adventure stories so this was right up my street. Two college friends face a forest fire, a badly injured woman and some unwelcome company. It is filled with suspense that made it a page-turner, hard to put down. And although the ending was disappointing it did not lower my rating.
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