In the Backyards of Our Lives and Other Essays

In the Backyards of Our Lives and Other Essays

by Rushworth M. Kidder
     
 

In elegant prose, this former Christian Science Monitor columnist offers wisdom and insight through his reflections and observations from a lifetime, always pursuing his goal of "getting at what's going on underneath." His thoughtful essays include "On Being a Man of Litter and Letters, " "Ways to Buy Nails, " "Marbles on the Window Ledge, " and "Dawn." See more details below

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In elegant prose, this former Christian Science Monitor columnist offers wisdom and insight through his reflections and observations from a lifetime, always pursuing his goal of "getting at what's going on underneath." His thoughtful essays include "On Being a Man of Litter and Letters, " "Ways to Buy Nails, " "Marbles on the Window Ledge, " and "Dawn."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Most of the gracious, literate and eminently civilized essays in this collection appeared first in the Christian Science Monitor . Kidder, a New Englander by birth, has two abiding loves: his native heath and great wordsmithing. On the former, he captures brilliantly the pervasive sense of the past, the crispness of autumn, the joys of growing up in a small town and exploring the countryside, with its old stone walls. On the latter he writes of his fondness for Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare, e.e. cummings and even Walt Kelly of Pogo fame, all of whom, he notes, display the power and the joy of superb style. Kidder has other enthusiasms as well: his memoirs of playing marbles, visiting an icehouse and buying penny candies are all infectious. (June)
Library Journal - Library Journal
For readers who are willing to admit frankly that they'd like a little respite from the extravagance and absurdity of much modern literature, this book will be welcome. Kidder has unearthed from their entombment in the back issues of the Christian Science Monitor 35 of his choicest contributions to the ``Home Forum'' pages. The core of his inspiration lies in New England and the Maritime provinces. Whether he is writing about his summer cottage on a Canadian lake, rereading Pogo at the Boston Public Library, or remembering his Latin teacher in Amherst, Massachusetts, Kidder is a delightful raconteur. He has what might be called the faculty of agreeable chatter. Anyone who enjoys the relaxed and ruminative art of the familiar essay should enjoy this book, but those with roots in the area should find in it an emotional appeal as well.-- A.J. Anderson, GSLIS, Simmons Coll., Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899093437
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1992
Pages:
192

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