Books by Nathaniel Tripp

HISTORY
Released: May 10, 2005

"A concise and readable look at real-world environmental challenges."
How one American river, the Connecticut, became a focus for often misplaced environmental zeal, political maneuvers of the best and worst kind, hope and suspicion. Read full book review >
SNOW COMES TO THE FARM by Nathaniel Tripp
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

The mood is expectant as a farm family in northern Vermont awaits the first snowfall. The meadow's gone brown, the pond is covered with ice, winter has come to the farm. Then one day, under a slate-gray sky, the air goes still: Snow is coming. The family's two boys head for the owl woods to wait for the snow. They eat their sandwiches around a small fire, gazing upward. The snow begins to fall, a mere glitter, then with more purpose: "One by one, the flakes filled the cups of fallen leaves . . . the ground turned white." Mice and squirrels scuttle for food, the evergreens begin to sag under their burden, the owl flies by, "silent as the smoke from our fire." As dark begins to fall along with the snow, the boys douse their fire and head back home, the warm yellow light of its windows scything through the snowfall. Tripp's (Thunderstorm, 1994) tone is just this side of solemn, a stately watchful waiting that will catch readers up. Kiesler's (Taiko on a Windy Night, p. 583, etc.) muted oils communicate a sense of mystery along with the anticipation as the boys heads turned to the heavens, blinking in the wonder of it all. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 5, 1997

A metaphor-heavy, intelligently crafted memoir focusing on the author's life-altering Vietnam War experiences. Tripp (a writer and film producer) spent a year as a US Army First Infantry Division lieutenant in Vietnam in 196869. Tripp tells his Vietnam story exceptionally well, intimately detailing the physical and emotional landscapes he traversed in the war zone. What he experienced, in the main, was death, brutality, betrayal, and searing emotional trauma. Tripp recreates his psyche-scarring experiences in a bluntly self-critical manner, referring often to his terrors, self-doubts, failures, and emotional crises. He also expresses deep anger—``an anger that was so great that it took years and years to dissipate''—and bitterness about the American war in Vietnam. ``There was nothing heroic here,'' Tripp says, ``we were being pushed by old men with self-serving ideas, pushed to the brink of death just to glorify old men.'' Tripp's account of what happened to him in Vietnam is a noteworthy accomplishment. But his book is more than a war memoir; Tripp weaves in the themes of his life before, during, and after Vietnam. The main theme is Tripp's turbulent relationship with his father, a deeply troubled man who left his family when the author was a baby and with whom Tripp, as an adult, attempted reconciliation. Tripp refers often to his father's WW II experiences, their tempestuous interactions, and their shared love of the sea. Tripp's other themes are manhood, leadership, mental illness, his own experiences of fatherhood, and his love for the outdoors. In a narrative filled with densely packed prose—and, thankfully, without reconstructed dialogue— Tripp tells an amazing story, and tells it creatively, intelligently, and effectively. A cautionary, antiheroic tale of war and manhood. Read full book review >