Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Earth Works: Selected Essays Paperback – February 1, 2012
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Nature, in all of its manifestations―physical, spiritual, geographical―runs through everything that Sanders writes and supplies the materials for much of his vivid and compelling imagery, as well as his inpiration and concern. (Bloom)
It's hard to think of a writer today who is better at finding and expressing the profound nature discovered in such simple gifts as a shared meal or a walk in the woods. (indianalivinggreen.com)
[The essays in Earth Works are . . . a rich mix of beautifully crafted and progressive pieces that engage the reader in a long conversation. They are best read slowly, providing time to consider Sanders’ propositions, his keen insight and lessons, his critical questioning. (Terrain.org)
Collectively, these essays invite the reader to gaze more clearly at the world outside his own window―a reminder, as Sanders puts it, that all there is to see 'can be seen from anywhere in the universe, if you know how to look . . . ' (Barnes & Noble Review)
Among the thirty essays it contains, Earth Works offers a thought-provoking mix of old and new. The nine new pieces included in the back of Earth Works . . . are themselves worth the sticker price. (The Fourth River)
[T]he essays of Earth Works are full of energy, hope and life. (Englewood Review of Books)
By turns somber and snap-out-of-it buoyant, these elegant artifacts of restless inquiry cover subjects as intimate as the author's sexual awakening and his father's alcoholism, as broad as the origins of the universe and the disarray of contemporary hyper-urban society. (The Indianapolis Star)
In language that's patient, probing and precise, Sanders . . . has, over the past 30 years or so, built a body of work articulating what it means to live during this time on planet Earth and, particularly, that part of the planet called the American Midwest. (NUVO)
An "Englewood Review of Books" best book of 2012
Author Scott Russell Sanders is the national winner of the 2010 Indiana Authors Award
More than any other writer of his generation, Scott Russell Sanders has consistently, and insistently, asked his readers to consider what it means to be a citizen of the Earth. (H. Emerson Blake Orion)
The many things that Scott Russell Sanders cares about--social justice, family, our place in nature, the ways in which culture and place reflect one another--are all woven together wonderfully in this collection of essays. Here is a voice to dispel confusion and keep us well rooted. (Lewis Hyde author of The Gift and Common as Air)
Like the building stones of his beloved limestone country, Scott Russell Sanders’s enduring essays are beautifully carved from the material of the Earth and its layered lives. The reach of Sanders’s incandescent mind will remind readers of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The fierce eloquence of his defense of what is right will remind them of Thoreau. The warmth of his open heart is signature Scott Russell Sanders. This collection of Sanders’s finest work will become a classic of American thought. (Kathleen Dean Moore author of Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Like the subjects he writes about and around, the actual language he uses marries the symbolic with the physical: reading his works aloud (whether by mouth or by mind), one hears the repetition of consonants, an audible landscape like dirt underfoot. His thoughts are brightened by the flow of vowels rushing in a steady current across words. Sanders hopes to bring us in a closer communion with our own bodies and the body of the earth through every literary device and appeal in his diverse toolbelt. He is a master of language and, just as important for enduring literature, a servant advocating for his fellow humans, animals, and ecosphere. Earth Works is an experience in therapy, enlightenment and pleasure.
Sanders' education in the United Kingdom gives him the ultimate ability to write with professional simplicity and refreshing clarity that most American writers cannot imitate.
I wish personal pictures were included with this delicious autobiographical work to further drive home his experiences for his audience with the visuals that American audiences are accustomed to seeing.
Sanders is an American author to watch as his propensity to write non-fiction edifies readers with his talent to fully relate stories that warm readers' hearts with his heart-felt, homey eloquence.
I have gathered here thirty essays that best represent what I have tried to do in this versatile, inquisitive, and revelatory art form over the past three decades. Twenty-one of the essays have appeared in my previous books; nine are collected here for the first time.
The writing of an essay usually begins for me in a state of strong emotion and equally strong puzzlement. Some event, recollection, journey, or notion bewilders me, distresses me, fascinates me, or otherwise provokes me, and sets me asking questions that drive the writing forward. Such answers as I come up with are always partial and tentative, subject to rethinking in light of new knowledge or further reflection--just like the findings of science, my first intellectual love.
Although the subject matter varies from essay to essay, certain questions have preoccupied me over the years. Some of them pertain to my own life--my Midwestern background, my father's drinking, my resistance to war, my literary debts, my feeling for wildness. But most of the questions that drive my essays are impersonal, for they must occur to every inquisitive soul: What is a good life, and how might one come closer to leading such a life? What is a good society, and how might we shift our society in that direction? How do family and culture shape a person's character? Why are humans so violent, toward one another and toward Earth? What is our place in nature? What role, if any, do humans play in the universe? What is this inwardness we call mind, which fills our awareness, and what is it good for? Are we connected, through the core of our being, to anything eternal? These are perennial human questions, and my response to them is only one among a host of responses. That these questions can never be definitively answered does not mean one can avoid asking them.
Since I know most about my own species, I think mostly about human affairs, but I do so while seeking to understand how our kind arises from and affects the living world. Hence the title of this book. "Works" serves here as both noun and verb. Like all works of art, my essays are products of Earth, as are you, as am I, and we are able to make books and babies, to wonder and sing, to spend our brief time under the sun, only because Earth works miraculously well, providing us a benign habitation in the void of space.