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Things That Are by [Leach, Amy]
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"Sheer scrambling delight." —Lawrence Weschler

“One of the most exciting and original writers in America.” —Yiyun Li

"Loopy, mad-hatterish, infernally addictive writing that makes you sneeze." —David Abram

"You need this book." —Seth Marko, UCSD Bookstore

"I haven’t seen such imagination and magical use of language in nature writing since I first read Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek." —Dale Szczeblowski, Porter Square Books

"If you love words and the natural world, Amy Leach will lead you through the world with new eyes." —Jeanne Costello, Maria's Bookshop

"Sparkling, priceless.” —Stacie Williams, Boswell Book Company

“This is just the book to tuck into a backpack for a thoughtful read under open skies, or for curling up with while sitting on the deck.” —Kristine Kaufman, Snow Goose Bookstore

"Words of wisdom....Ms. Leach humanizes and elevates." —NYT.com

"[Leach] amuses, and amazes." —The Guardian

"A rarity.” —Financial Times

"Magical." —Washington Independent Review of Books

"My new favorite author." —St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Beautiful, graceful essays…. It's science made into poetry." —Missoula Independent

"Reminiscent of Diane Ackerman's [essays], with a bit more fizz." —Minneapolis StarTribune

"Whimsical and enchanting." —New Letters

"Leach's expositions take on a mythic tone likened to a fairy tale or a bedtime story." —Chicagoist.com

"This is a bonbon of a book." —Kirkus

“Verbal delight.” —Publishers Weekly

"The living world has a new and sprightly champion in Leach, winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. In her first collection of essays, gracefully illustrated by Nate Christopherson in the mode of Barry Moser and Rockwell Kent, Leach is nimble, precise, dynamic, witty, and metaphysical. She writes of wondrously adaptive goats, penguins enduring blizzards to protect what may well be a stone instead of an egg, and tiny warblers who travel thousands of miles. Leach discerns the pea plant’s ‘yearning’ for connection as it sends out its searching tendrils and compares bamboodependent pandas to penitents. In her heady and astute approach to natural history, her disarming concoctions of science and fancy, she is part Diane Ackerman, part Margaret Atwood. Also a bluegrass musician, she writes delectably rhythmic, singing sentences. Here be dragons, water lilies, jellyfish, and spiritual quests. Leach looks to the heavens, too, considering with high imagination the forces that shape stars and galaxies. Even as she fashions a bit of bluesy satire to decry our abuse of nature, Leach is ecstatic in her knowledgeable, resplendent, and exhilarating contemplations of everything from subatomic particles to dust, Spinoza, donkeys, and caterpillars." —Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

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“Of all the wondrous things that are catalogued in this brave little book, the most wondrously fresh and novel may be the uncanny Ms. Leach’s own gamin-sly, rhythm-rhymey voice, and oh that flint-flighty, rapt-capacious mind of hers. Besides which, no one conjures a presenter present tense than she. Sheer scrambling delight.”

—Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder and Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative

“Like a descendant of Lewis Carroll and Emily Dickinson, Amy Leach brings new meaning to the world without us, and within. A reader entering this book to learn more about the universe will exit knowing much more about her own self. At once large and intimate, these essays introduce one of the most exciting and original writers in America.”

—Yiyun Li, author of Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and The Vagrants

“I know of no other writer on earth—or in the sky—like Amy Leach. One of the pleasures of Things That Are is the surprise of finding, among the mouldywarps and whimwhams and leguminous exoplanets of our galaxy, truths about ourselves—unearthed and unaired.”

—Eula Biss, author of Notes from No Man’s Land

“Infernally addictive.”

—David Abram, author of Becoming Animal

In a series of essays that progress from the tiniest Earth dwellers to far-flung celestial bodies—considering everything from the similarity of gods to donkeys, to exploding stars and exploding sea cucumbers—Amy Leach (Rona Jaffe and Whiting Award winner) rekindles our communion with the world. This groundbreaking debut delights and confounds the senses in wondrous ways.

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© Nate Christopherson

Product details

  • File Size: 1090 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions (July 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008724IPQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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