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Certain Somewhere Writers on the Placeby Robert Wilson
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A Certain Somewhere collects thirty essays originally published in Preservation magazine. Writers were asked to describe a place that is significant to them, to decipher what makes it mysterious and meaningful, and to examine the nature of attachment to a specific locale.
Gathered here are pieces by writers of all kinds---essayists, novelists, literary critics, poets---on disparate and enthralling places, from Madison Smartt Bell on Haiti to Thomas Mallon on the New York Public Library. These writers examine how they came to invest a part of themselves in the places they have inhabited, and how these places have consequently inhabited them. Most of all, the writers transport you to places that have enchanted them and will charm you as well.
This multifarious assembly offers readers a sophisticated armchair-travel experience, replete with insights into culture, politics, architecture, and history. Along the way, readers will also enjoy a glimpse at the inner lives of some of our finest writers.
"This is a book of love-of-place stories. The writers confess their attachments to certain cities, houses, islands, countries, rooftops, sandlots, coastlines, rooms. As you walk with them through this subtly meaningful book, you may have to admit to a certain attachment of your own." E.L. Doctorow
"Places come vividly, beautifully to life in this heartfelt book of reminiscences. A Certain Somewhere: Writers on the Places They Remember, edited by Robert Wilson from essays that first appeared in Preservation Magazine, shows us how the places we love are as lasting, as multi-layered, as essential as the people who live there." Tony Hiss, author of The Experience of Place
"Whether it's Haiti, Paris or Point Clear, Ala., these writers now have the wisdom of years away to describe places they will never forget, or places they have discovered for themselves as adults that have made them whole. The writing is as clear and graceful as the places themselves." USA Today
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