In the tradition of Wendell Berry, Sanders champions fidelity to place, informed by ecological awareness, arguing that intimacy with one's home region is the grounding for global knowledge.
About the Author
Scott Russell Sanders is the author of The Paradise of Bombs; Wilderness Plots: Tales About the Settlement of American Land; The Force of Spirit; and Hunting for Hope, among several other works of fiction and nonfiction. He was a distinguished professor of English literature at Indiana University until he retired in 2009. He currently lives with his wife Ruth in Bloomington, Indiana.
What People are Saying About This
'Reflective, rhapsodic, luminous essays. . . . A wise and beautifully written book.' -Publishers Weekly, starred review
I am a newcomer to midwestern regional writers, drawn by my daughter's current college adventure at IU-Bloomington. I picked up this book at a local bookstore in downtown Bloomington, in its 'regional writers' section. I enjoyed Sanders' beautiful prose and his argument for the value of 'staying put' in his own place, which includes both his current home in Bloomington, Indiana, and his childhood home in Ohio. This book reminds me of one of my favorite Texas regional narratives, Goodbye to a River, by John Graves, and some of the lovely essays by Dr. Jim Corder, late of TCU, who wrote beautifully of knowing one's own neighborhood. Sanders uses these locales, and all the natural details, to lead the reader to the larger worlds and ideas of faith, saving the environment, memory, science, mystery, and love.