Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout
Ecco Press; 246 pp., $24.99
With its glowing orange cover and title, "Fire Season" looks like another western tale of man versus flame.
It turns out to be far rarer than that: a quirky meditation on the lonely pleasures of summers in a 7-by-7-foot lookout tower in a particularly wild patch of the Southwest.
Every April, Philip Connors leaves behind his bartending job and his wife, Martha, in a small New Mexico town and heads for Apache Peak in the nearby Gila National Forest.
He takes his dog Alice, an old Olivetti typewriter, some stashes of bourbon and settles in for five...