Hailed by book reviewers as a masterpiece, gorgeous and fascinating, and sheer pleasure, Home Ground Language for an American Landscape was published in fall 2006 in hardcover It was met with outstanding reviews and strong sales, going into three printings A language lover s dream, this visionary reference revitalized a descriptive language for the American landscape by combining geography, literature, and folklore in one volume This is a totally redesigned, near pocket sized field guide edition of the best selling hardcover.Home Ground brings together 45 poets and writers to create than 850 original definitions for words that describe our lands and waters The writers draw from careful research and their own distinctive stylistic, personal, and regional diversity to portray in bright, precise prose the striking complexity of the landscapes we inhabit Includes an introductory essay by Barry Lopez At the heart of the book is a community of writers in service to their country, emphasizing a language suggesting the vastness and mystery that lie beyond our everyday words....
|Title||:||Home Ground: A Guide to the American Landscape|
|Publisher||:||Trinity University Press Revised edition August 20, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||672 pages|
|File Size||:||766 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Home Ground: A Guide to the American Landscape Reviews
I love to simply open this book randomly and savor an entry or two. It's slowly expanding my ability to read landscape. It's also just a quiet joy to read.
When I first got my hands on this beautiful book, I'd barely read a page before I started to cry. Barry Lopez, Debra Gwartney, and more of the best writers of our day have saved what I didn't even realize I was losing. I've often felt, when near an exotic Asian or spicy islander that being an American, especially a Midwesterner, meant I had no culture. The United States was developed under the influence of a vast wild land, a land to conquer. We tore down and built up, paying little attention to what we destroyed. I wonder if that accounts for empty Americans trying to fill themselves up with stuff? But the U. S. isn't only about development and acquisition. Home Ground preserves the culture and language of our landscape.
If I have one complaint about this book (which is really an encouragement) it's that it could be much larger. Each one of the contributing authors (and some who were not tapped into) could add many more words, and hopefully will in an expanded edition at some point. I've started with Pattiann Rogers and am adding well-loved words from her poetry collection along the margins (which are wide and mostly empty and beg to be written upon). Words such as staub, vine maple, flotsam--I could go on and on. I intend to make this book my one-stop wordshop; it will be messy, and personalized, and uncollectable by the time I'm done with it.
Great guide for Geography or Earth Science students, or for anyone who is interested in landscape formation.
Love this book. Not a book I'd sit down and read cover to cover, but nice to peruse when the spirit moves me.
I skim this in the AM with my coffee.
brilliant idea and satisfying to read.