Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World

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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.
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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.
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Editorial Reviews

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'Reflective, rhapsodic, luminous essays. . . . A wise and beautifully written book.' -Publishers Weekly, starred review
Library Journal
This work examines the consequences of displacement in our increasingly mobile society. Sanders, a writer ( In Limestone Country , Beacon , 1991; Secrets of the Universe , LJ 11/1/91) and literature professor at Indiana University, knows the loss that comes from severing ties with the past. Like many of us, he finds that important places of his youth have been bulldozed or paved over. Having grown up in a family that moved frequently, Sanders believes strongly in the importance of putting down roots in a community. In these eight sketches, he draws from an amazing range of sources--the annotated bibliography is excellent. Although some readers may find this work a bit too ``spiritual'' at times, it should prove popular with many seeking a more settled life. Recommended for public/popular collections.-- Tim Markus, Evergreen State Coll. Lib., Olympia, Wash.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807063415
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Series: Concord Library Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 996,691
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

For his personal nonfiction, Scott Russell Sanders has won the Lannan Literary Award and the Great Lakes Book Award. His books include "The Paradise of Bombs," "Secrets of the Universe," and "Staying Put." He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2003

    Elegiac essay on the value of one's hearthland

    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.

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