A Year in Place

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W. Scott Olsen and Bret Lott invited a dozen friends to consider one particular calendar month in the place they call home. The result is A Year in Place, a captivating collection of new writing by twelve eminent American writers.

More than a montage of voices and experiences, A Year in Place illustrates, as Olsen and Lott explain in their introduction, the trends in American thinking about who we are and what we care about. Rick Bass takes us to the Yaak Valley of Montana in ...

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Overview

W. Scott Olsen and Bret Lott invited a dozen friends to consider one particular calendar month in the place they call home. The result is A Year in Place, a captivating collection of new writing by twelve eminent American writers.

More than a montage of voices and experiences, A Year in Place illustrates, as Olsen and Lott explain in their introduction, the trends in American thinking about who we are and what we care about. Rick Bass takes us to the Yaak Valley of Montana in June, where fawns are arriving, "newly-emerged, knocked-legged and groggy, legs still unfolding from that long sleeping passage." Peggy Shumaker explores the special social and cultural time that is March in Fairbanks, Alaska, where a long winter has whetted the psychic despair of inhabitants who find in the "sky’s unbearable brightness . . . a waking pain beyond endurance." Michael Martone transports us through memory to Indiana in the 1950s where each May a blimp "yawed and floated up," wallowing above a suburban neighborhood on its way to the Indianapolis 500.

These and nine other contributions yield an unforgettable book about "the places we find ourselves blessed enough to be."

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The essays and the writing style are wildly eclectic, each surprising and different, like sampling a buffet of different ethnic foods. It's the best kind of anthology."—The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington

"The writing in Place is sometimes personal, sometimes dramatic, sometimes informative, but throughout, the writing is well crafted and engaging."—The Bloomsbury Review

Library Journal
These 12 seasonal essays and poems are by American writers who were invited by editors Olsen (English, Concordia Coll.) and Lott (Jewel) to describe the place they call home during a particular month. This premise allows the reader to travel from California in February to Indiana in May to South Carolina in November. The events, nature, and moods of these locales inspire several authors to remember relationships with their parents. John Lane's essay, "The Inheritance of Autumn," recalls his father's suicide; Michael Martone's "Racing in Place 33 Hoosier Haiku" evokes his family and the importance of the Indianapolis 500; and, in "Walking and Falling," Douglas Carlson writes about family vacations to Cape Cod. Other pieces focus on events and places. Peggy Shumaker describes the rebirth of Fairbanks in March, while Rick Bass details the beginning of summer during June on an island in northern Montana. Although the monthly theme pulls the work together, the vastly different writing styles create a disjointed collection. Ideal for students and writing classes; recommended for academic and larger public libraries. Joyce Sparrow, Juvenile Welfare Board Lib., Pinellas Park, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Scott Olsen and Bret Lott invited a dozen of their literary friends to take on particular calendar month in the place they call home and write about it. The results were compiled in A Year In Place and offer a wealth of new writing which is as unique as it is captivating. The individual pieces include Dorothy Barresi's Earthquake Weather (January); Douglas Carlson's Walking and Falling (February); Peggy Shumaker's Black Branches Taking on Snow (March); Naomi Shihab Nye's No Fooling—April in Texas (April); Michael Martone's Racing in Place: 33 Hoosier Haiku (May); Rick Bass' The Green Hours (June); Diane Glancy's A Journal of July (July); Kim Barnes' The Ashes of August (August); Katharine Coles' Running in Place (September); Elizabeth Dodd's Underground (October); John Lane's The Inheritance of Autumn (November); and W.D. Wetherell's Hills Like White Hills (December). Completing this fascinating, highly recommended literary experiment are "Contributor Notes" and "Editor Notes".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874806731
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 1/22/2001
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction | W. Scott Olsen and Bret Lott

January
Earthquake Weather | Dorothy Barresi

February
Walking and Falling | Douglas Carlson

March
Black Branches Taking on Snow | Peggy Shumaker

April
No Fooling—April in Texas | Naomi Shihab Nye

May
Racing in Place: 33 Hoosier Haiku | Michael Martone

June
The Green Hours | Rick Bass

July
A Journal of July | Diane Glancy

August
The Ashes of August | Kim Barnes

September
Running in Place | Katharine Coles

October
Underground | Elizabeth Dodd

November
The Inheritance of Autumn | John Lane

December
Hills Like White Hills | W.D. Wetherell

Contributor Notes
Editor Notes

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