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The World As We Know It Paperback – October 11, 2011
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"Monninger has homed in on the beauty and cruelty of the natural world in this gripping and moving story of loss and understanding. Readers ... will revel in Monninger’s warm and graceful descriptions of rural New Hampshire and his adept understanding of the landscape of human relationships." --Booklist
"This ruminative, poetic novel may resonate with modern fiction readers as well as lovers of the outdoors." --Library Journal
"Joe Monninger beautifully captures the essence of childhood adventure and the sweet innocence of falling in love for the first time. Fans of John Irving, you have a new author to love." --Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected
"Monninger’s imagery resonates long into the night, while your lamp burns oil because you cannot put the book down until the last page is turned." --Romantic Times (4 stars)
“There are people in our lives whom we love, and lose, and unfailingly long for. They orbit our hearts like Halley’s Comet, crossing into our universe only once, or if we are lucky, twice in a lifetime—this is a story of those kind of people—a tender, gentle, achingly beautiful tale that is impossible to put down.” --Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
"No one--no one at all--writes about nature and love the way Joe Monninger does. The combination of romantic love with adventure and a bone-deep understanding of the wild is both compelling and transcendent, and his arctic scenes are gripping and visceral. With echoes of Hemingway, THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT is nothing short of brilliant." --Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners
“The beauty and brutality of nature unfolds in The World As We Know It—a touching tale of love, the wounds of loss, and the fragile complexities within the human heart.” —Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Praise for Eternal on the Water:
"Love conquers all, the saying goes, but it can’t win out over the disease that befalls Mary Fury, the seemingly unflappable heroine at the center of Monninger’s poignant, if a bit overlong, novel. Fury has the gene for Huntington’s, a cruel affliction that attacks the body slowly, reducing a once healthy person to a mass of twitching muscles and nerves. Jonathan Cobb, a University of New Hampshire professor on sabbatical, learns the grim reality of Mary’s situation shortly after the two meet (and instantly fall in love) on the Allagash River. This is the land of Thoreau’s Walden Pond, and Cobb had come there to experience firsthand the pleasures of a simple life illustrated by its celebrated author. When Mary begins showing signs of Huntington’s, the two must cope with the inevitable, which includes honoring Mary’s wishes to live out her days as she sees fit. Monninger (Baby, 2007) is a gifted writer, and readers able to overlook a few maudlin moments will relish this eloquently rendered tale."
Praise for Eternal on the Water:
"Henry David Thoreau meets Nicholas Sparks in this poignant love story rooted in the forests of Maine...Monninger's keen eye for nature, subtle incorporation of indigenous myths and use of symbolism make for a memorable story of love and courage."
About the Author
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Joseph Monninger grew up in Westfield, New Jersey and attended Temple University on a football scholarship. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso, from 1975-77. He has been a licensed New Hampshire Fishing Guide and has fly-fished from New Zealand to Wyoming's Wind River Range. He lives in a converted barn near New Hampshire's Baker River. For several years his family competed in the New England Sled Dog sprint races and ran a small sled dog business in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
As a teacher at one time or another at the University of New Hampshire, the Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, The American International School in Vienna, and at Plymouth State University, Joseph Monninger has spent thirty years in classrooms. During the summers he directed academic enrichment programs at Williams and Amherst Colleges. He led student groups on bicycle tours across Europe, sailed the Whitsunday Islands near the Great Barrier Reef, and worked on community service projects in Montserrat, West Indies and on the Crow Reservation in Montana. He has taken a mail boat across the southern edge of Newfoundland and, as a young man, hitch-hiked across the United States three times.
Top Customer Reviews
While ice skating on the river one day along with his brother, Allard's daily routine is broken upon his discovery of a beautiful girl in desperate trouble. A stranger has fallen through the ice at its weakest point in frigid December water. She is not panicking, just struggling to hold on to her frightened dog, fighting the strong undercurrent. She and the animal are clearly within minutes of a fatal accident. In the dead of winter, the Keer boys see that the stars must have aligned perfectly for them to arrive in time. They just manage to get her out, but, in the process, Allard nearly goes under, falling in with her and being swept by the current under a shelf of ice. Miraculously, Allard and Sarah both survive and go on to see the experience as prophetic and rare. From that day forward, they are inseparable and become happy soulmates.
This bright new addition to Allard's and Ed's blissful natural life is one who will bring the Keer and Patrick families together. Both the kids and parents become instant, lifelong friends. And it turns out that Sarah ---- in spite of her startling beauty --- is a down-to-earth girl.Read more ›
this book pushed my buttons as his work always does, because he understands the human heart and can express the emotions of his characters in ways that open my eyes. in fact he opens all my senses with his beautiful language and simple but perfect insights.
i loved the brothers in this story, and how they remained true to each other even when a girl entered the picture. i also loved the relationship between sarah and allard, which was completely believable and beautifully drawn. and when the terrible thing happened, i understood completely how it changed everything, how it ripped them all apart even though they needed each other more than ever.
this is an author who teaches me about life and helps me to understand myself, and he also teaches me about the outside world, from polar bears to barn-raising. this is my next book club pick for sure.
Finally, my eyes were once again glued to the page and then it all became extremely predictable. It also seemed to jump way too fast for me and in hardly any time, they "all lived happily everafter!"
I guess if you want some light reading and enjoy a simply romantic story, this one is for you. I need more substance to a story, more twists and turns, more heart. The words were sweet and a few parts of it were good, but the rest left me bored and wanting more.
This book is both extraordinarily simple and extremely complex. The three main characters are wholesome, grounded, and somewhat insulated by their hearty, remote, natural environment. But behind the straightforward, unpretentious exterior of these characters is a surprising amount of depth and complexity. They are uncommonly mature and focused from a young age on what they want for their collective future (a career in animal/nature filmmaking). They are also incredibly expressive and educated and have the kind of parents who inspire and guide without restriction. I found the entire book to be captivating. The tragedy that forms the central dividing line of the book (and the characters' lives) is heartbreaking. Even more so is the reaction of the characters and the resulting impact on their futures. Although the characters bear little resemblance to most young people today, particularly their lack of interest in and reliance on technology and "popular" topics, they remain accessible and likeable. This is a book that would appeal to a very wide audience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite books of 2012. So beautifully written, wonderful use of language. It's about the love of nature and animals. Read morePublished 8 months ago by bookwormbug
The story is told in three parts. The first part is about Allard and Edward Keer, young brothers exploring their surroundings in a rural community of New Hampshire. Read morePublished 10 months ago by thewanderingjew
In contrast to Bad Blood this is a marvel. Very heart warming story of two brothers and a neighbor girl. Great character development and interesting story.Published 11 months ago by Robert Larson