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“[A] smart sequel to Knopp’s earlier study, The Nature of Home. . . . Rapt observer, botanist, birder and chronicler of the human condition, Knopp is also, in the best literary tradition, a wanderer of lingering curiosity. . . . Elegiac, soulful and discerning.”—Kirkus Reviews
(Kirkus Reviews 2008-01-01)

"Although Knopp focuses on the Midwest, her writing should interest readers who desire to live a life informed by the flora, fauna, geology, and history of the region where they reside."—Lisa Woolley, Bloomsbury Review
(Lisa Woolley Bloomsbury Review)

"In these engagingly written pieces Knopp describes the people and places of Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio, and, in one essay on the famous flyer Amelia Earhart, Atchison, Kansas. Her recounting of a visit to the aviatrix's birthplace, interspersed with town history and an account of Earhart's equal dedication to flying and serving the urban poor (the latter manifest in her work with the settlement house movement of the early twentieth century), demonstrates Knopp's method of looking closely at geographical spaces as windows upon more interior places."—Kansas History
(Kansas History)

Interior Places is a great sample of local nature writing, making it ideal for academic study or for those who want to start reading creative nonfiction.—Ryan Borchers, Omaha World-Herald
(Ryan Borchers Omaha World-Herald 2008-04-20)

"It is always a pleasure to read Lisa Knopp's prose. Not only does it flow smoothly, but it offers wonderful visual images. This is a book that makes me pause while reading as I mentally make a list of the people to whom I will be giving it as a gift."—Becky Faber, Great Plains Quarterly
(Becky Faber Great Plains Quarterly)

About the Author

Lisa Knopp is an associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the author of Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape, Field of Vision, and The Nature of Home: A Lexicon of Essays (available in a Bison Books edition).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803211430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803211438
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,085,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barbara Mckenna on April 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Written by John McKenna

Interior Places, by Lisa Knopp, is an extraordinary journey below the facile, surface reality of an unexamined life into those deep, interior worlds where Truths like gemstones lie awaiting discovery. This splendid collection of sixteen essays spans a tremendous variety of subjects, approaches, and insights. Through it all, Knopp is able to craft each essay with the skill of an expert gemologist--each paragraph becomes a facet of the overall design that makes the interior theme glow with all the iridescence of a peacock's tail. Interior Places combines personal passions with public issues, careful scholarship with surprisingly fresh personal slants, and metaphorical formulations with ecstatic revelations. This book immediately rewards the more casual reader, and it also rewards the more thoughtful reader interested in parsing experiences for enduring truths. Interior Places is a rare and valuable gem, an important book, a must read.

As Knopp shows in her earlier collections of essays Flight Dreams, Field of Vision, and most recently, The Nature of Home, she writes in the tradition of literary journalism. An essay like "In the Corn" is scholarly and compelling at the same time. Although I grew up on a farm where corn was a crop, Knopp teaches me more about maize (Zea mays) and its origins and dependency on mankind for propagation than I had ever known. But this essay is more than a disquisition into corn, for her pen conflates maize into more than a crop; it blossoms into a metaphor. As one subtitle asserts--"metaphor clarifies and obscures.
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