Local poet launches new book Aug. 5 at Peregrine

“Few Americans will experience six days in a row without ice or a shower, will know a week without cell phone or computer or Miracle Whip, will understand how Jupiter can become a friendly face or how to wash dishes with a paper towel and leftover coffee in a camp with no running water. At least we have coffee.” — Amy Auker

“Ordinary Skin” is author/poet Amy Auker’s newest book of essays, published in June through Texas Tech University Press’ Voice in the American West series.

Auker will read from her work and sign books at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Peregrine Book Company, 219A N. Cortez St. in Prescott.

Her new collection of creative nonfiction, “Ordinary Skin,” records observations on “current affairs, drought, mystery, and the hard decisions that face us all as we continue to move toward more questions with fewer answers,” the Peregrine press release states.

Auker also explores her mid-life transition, touching on faith and body image and belonging.

Auker and husband, Gail Steiger, work on the Spider Ranch in Yavapai County. She has written other works of collected essays, poetry and fiction, including “Rightful Place,” “Winter of Beauty” and “The Story is the Thing.”