...lies a hidden history. For fifteen years Sue Eisenfeld hiked Shenandoah National Park in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, unaware of the tragic history behind the creation of the park. In this first-person travel journey through the lost communities, she tells the story of her on-the-ground discovery of the relics and memories a few thousand mountain residents left behind when the government used eminent domain to kick them off their land to create the national park.
"Eisenfeld writes about Shenandoah the way Annie Proulx writes about Wyoming or Edward Abbey about the deserts of the Southwest: pristine, unsentimental, eloquent prose." --Kirkus
"Shenandoah is a beautifully written portrait of a history-haunted landscape: wistful, wild, and enchanting, like the best of autumn hikes through Shenandoah National Park." --Tony Horwitz, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
Sue writes about her passions: history, hiking, travel, nature, culture, relationships, and life. She has also written about food, health, and medicine. Her work has been listed among the Notable Essays of the Year in The Best American Essays (2009, 2010, 2013, 2016) and has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Gettysburg Review,Potomac Review, Still: The Journal, Blue Lyra Review, Hunger Mountain, Virginia Living, Blue Ridge Country, and other publications. She is a five-time Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches at the Johns Hopkins University M.A. in Writing Program and the M.A. in Science Writing Programs.
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