Looking for Hickories: The Forgotten Wildness of the Rural Midwest

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A new voice reveals the unique character of the upper Midwest

In the spirit of other writers who share an affinity for the natural world---authors such as Robert Frost, Emerson, and Bill Bryson---Looking for Hickories is Tom Springer's ode to the people, natural beauty, and lore of the Midwest, a place where bustling communities neighbor a fragile mosaic of quiet woods, fertile meadows, and miles of farmland.

Touching and humorous by turns, ...

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Overview

A new voice reveals the unique character of the upper Midwest

In the spirit of other writers who share an affinity for the natural world---authors such as Robert Frost, Emerson, and Bill Bryson---Looking for Hickories is Tom Springer's ode to the people, natural beauty, and lore of the Midwest, a place where bustling communities neighbor a fragile mosaic of quiet woods, fertile meadows, and miles of farmland.

Touching and humorous by turns, Looking for Hickories captures the essence of the upper Midwest's character with subjects particular to the region yet often universal in theme, from barn building to land preservation to the neglected importance of various trees in the landscape.

Like Frost's best poems, Springer's essays often begin with delight and end in wisdom. They mingle a generosity of spirit and the childlike pleasure of discovery with a grown-up sense of a time and a place, if not lost, then in danger of disappearing altogether---things to treasure and preserve for today and tomorrow.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472050239
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Roots, Nuts, and Branches

Looking for Hickories: Rediscovering the Virtues of an American Icon 3

Forgotten Fossils from a Local World 8

Trees Can Lead You Home 14

The Best Wild Fruit You Never Tasted 20

Osage Orange: The Tree That Won the Midwest 25

Sassafras: The Savor (and Savior) of Neglected Places 31

Rediscoveries and Redeployments

All This and Heaven, Too 37

In Land Trusts We Trust 63

In Nature, the Straight Line Leads to Perdition 73

Ticked Off by Guineas 81

Caretakers and Characters

Streets, Trees, and a Rare Engineer Who Loves Them Both 89

From Local Acorns, Mighty Oaks (and Gorgeous Guitars) Grow 98

The New Ciderhouse Rules 105

"Trees" for Sale 109

Forgotten Waters

A Blessing Beside and Beneath Me 115

Another Bend in the River 119

Winter, Death, and Other Country Pleasures

Death of a Small Town Salesman 137

Understanding Winter 143

What's Right about the Night 150

It's True - You May Already Be a Winner 153

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