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When We Say We're Home: A Quartet of Place and Memory Hardcover – March, 1999

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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.ASue Samson, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula
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"No matter how ineffable and ephemeral the notion of home has always been, we now have, in this book, a working, and beautiful, definition: home is first, last, and always our loved ones, our histories, ourselves. This is a moving and wonderful book." -- - Bret Lott, author of THE HUNT CLUB

"These essays show us, through vivid and heartfelt description, what it is we all know and understand: home has no dimension, time, or staid place. It exists, always, in that moment just ahead, or in the memory's past, or, if we are lucky, in the light falling through the kitchen window. In the sharing of their stories, and in the beauty of their writing, these authors bring us to a place of recognition, or comfort, or community. They bring us home." -- Kim Barnes, author of INTO THE WILDERNESS: COMING OF AGE IN UNKNOWN COUNTRY

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