When We Say We're Home: A Quartet of Place and Memory

When We Say We're Home: A Quartet of Place and Memory

by W. Scott Olsen, Wendy Bishop, Dawn Marano, Douglas Carlson

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This book joins the growing body of literature on sense of place, a theme that is centered on the loose construct of dwelling places as expressed in story. The quartet of authors found here offer a well-crafted assortment of essays with a mix of approaches: finding a sense of place, searching for a sense of self, escaping the prison of place and memory, and vigilantly building place and self as modern nomads seem to do through a haphazard blend of liaisons, profession, and chance. In particular, Olsen (English/environmental studies, Concordia Coll.) applies a blend of storytelling, memory, environment, and place that builds with the strength of a short story, while Wendy Bishop (creative writing, Florida State Univ.) incorporates poetry and magical language to capture the essence of a wide-ranging experience of location. Recommended for public and academic libraries, particularly those with collections of place, nature, and nonfiction literature.--Sue Samson, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula
Four writers recount their ideas and experience of home. Olsen contributes the title essay; Dawn Marano considers the Motel Mind; Douglas Carlson discusses Map, Landscape, and Story; and Wendy Bishop remembers Where I Live(d). No index or bibliography. Paper edition (592-9), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

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