American Buffalo The lottery that journalist Steven Rinella won in 2005 wasn't an ordinary one: He didn't score money, or a car, but the right to hunt… American Buffalo The lottery that journalist Steven Rinella won in 2005 wasn't an ordinary one: He didn't score money, or a car, but the right to hunt… 2008-12-02 Memoir Nonfiction Spiegel & Grau
Book Review

American Buffalo (2008)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Dec 02, 2008; Writer: Steven Rinella; Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

The lottery that journalist Steven Rinella won in 2005 wasn't an ordinary one: He didn't score money, or a car, but the right to hunt buffalo in the Alaskan wilderness. As he drags a carcass across the frozen terrain, dodging wolves and grizzlies who smell the 
 fresh meat, Rinella places his journey in context with buffalo hunters of the last 14,000 years in American Buffalo. The history lesson — never dull — is studded with bizarre buffalo facts. (Did you know that burning buffalo dung smells a little like cinnamon and cloves? Or that there was an actual model for the buffalo-head nickel?) The story of our country, Rinella shows, is inextricably intertwined with the story of this animal. A–

Originally posted Dec 10, 2008 Published in issue #1026 Dec 19, 2008 Order article reprints
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