The Place Within

The Place Within

Portraits of the American Landscape by Twenty Contemporary Writers

Book - 1997
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Twenty distinguished American authors--including Harry Crews, Joy Williams, and Alan Lightman--explore places in the country's diverse landscape, from the neon lights of Times Square to the brush fires of Alaska

Norton Pub
A fresh, indelible portrait of America as it appears to our most gifted contemporary writers. For more than 200 years artists and writers have sought to capture not just America's face but also her polymorphous spirit, as it is embodied in the land itself. These portraits about places in our country's diverse landscape range from the hummingbirds of Montana to the neon lights of Times Square, the brush fires of Alaska to the Grand Canyon's silent grandeur. They share a common desire: to explore both the sensual and the spiritual connections we have to places and the creativity they inspire. Harry Crews, Joy Williams, Alan Lightman, Kathleen Norris, Bradford Morrow, Phillip Lopate, Gerald Early, Diane Ackerman, Scott Russell Sanders, and many others take us to places as they appear not through the camera lens of a traveler, but to the artist's inner eye. Finally, NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman lifts us up above America into space, where he looks down upon the country in all its vast and yet poignantly fragile entirety. Taken together, The Place Within is a time capsule in words, by some of our most distinguished writers.

Blackwell North Amer
Each of the writers in this beautiful collection of nearly all original pieces evokes a different place in our country's diverse landscape - a place he or she lived in, visited, or was intimately influenced or shaped by. These writers, in voices ranging from the lyrical to the meditative, awaken or allow us to discover anew a feeling for what we call America in all its many faces.
Here you'll find the American spirit in Phillip Lopate's gridlocked "Manhattan," in Richard Rodriguez's gay San Francisco, and in Gerald Early's uneasily "integrated" St. Louis. In her moving essay on South Dakota, Kathleen Norris reflects on the way objects change our experience of space. Gretel Ehrlich's essay on Wyoming is also about a cure for human grief.
As a whole, these intimate portraits celebrate a sense of place, rural and urban, gritty and placid; and they show how landscape transforms us, becomes a place within.

Baker
& Taylor

Twenty distinguished American authors--including Harry Crews, Joy Williams, and Alan Lightman--explore places in the country's diverse landscape, from the neon lights of Times Square to the brush fires of Alaska.

Publisher: New York : Norton, c1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393039993
0393039994
Characteristics: 268 p. : map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Daynard, Jodi

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at SSFPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top