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The country of language
Sanders, Scott R. (Scott Russell), 1945-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Milkweed Editions : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 1999.
Physical Description:
131 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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PS3569.A5137 Z465 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Scott Russell Sanders argues that people need to find a sense of at-homeness in the natural world because moments of interaction with the nonhuman world -- whether one is transfixed by the sight of a great blue heron or enchanted by the voice of a creek -- restore sanity and courage in the face of life's trials.

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Booklist Review

Sanders, author most recently of Hunting for Hope (1998), marvels unaffectedly over the fact that he has written more than 20 books as though his eloquence was an act of nature, like rain or sunshine, and indeed nature and writing have been inextricably connected in his life. The link between language and "nonhuman nature" is the thread that draws together this set of graceful, autobiographical essays, works as simple, elegant, and enduring as Shaker furniture. Sanders shares his earliest memories of the Midwest countryside, and of learning the alphabets of animal tracks, tree bark, flowers, and plants just as avidly as he learned to read and write. He loved the library as much as the woods--both are free and brimming with stories--and developed his gifts for appreciating beauty and telling stories early on. His pristine reflections carry him to his years at Brown and Cambridge Universities, and his awakenings to the civil rights and antiwar movements, on to his determinedly positive way of thinking about our relationship with the world around us. --Donna Seaman

Library Journal Review

In his usual articulate and well-crafted prose, Sanders, author of over 20 books and numerous essays, continues to relate everyday and natural experiences to greater meanings. This addition to the publisher's "Credo" series includes an essay by Sanders describing how he became a writer, a biographical study of Sanders by Scott Slovis, and an extensive bibliography of Sanders's work. Sanders ties incidents from his life to his beliefs and development as an author. Recalling a time when he was lost in a farm field as a child, for instance, he concludes: "Unlike my father, I admit to having been well and truly lost....Instead of panicking, I try to welcome these still, and discover where I am." His writing, he says, is his way of asking questions and thinking about what troubles him; it is what makes his fleeting moments of insight durable. Recommended for academic and public libraries.ÄNancy Patterson Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.