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Home Ground: A Guide to the American Landscape


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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 more 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.

About the Author

Barry Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams, Of Wolves and Men, Resistance, Light Action in the Caribbean, and eleven other works of fiction and nonfiction. His essays are collected in two books, Crossing Open Ground and About This Life. He contributes regularly to Granta, the Georgia Review, Orion, Outside, the Paris Review, Manoa, and other publications in the United States and abroad. In addition to the National Book Award, he is the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundations. He lives in western Oregon.

Debra Gwartney is the author of the memoir Live Through This, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February 2009. She teaches creative writing at Portland State University and lives in western Oregon.

Molly O'Halloran is an illustrator and cartographer whose work has appeared in volumes of fiction, travel writing, essays, and archaeological editions. She has lived and worked in Chicago, the Upper Sonoran Desert, the northern Sierra Nevada, and the Great Basin and now calls Austin, Texas, home.

Writers below:

Jeffery Renard Allen, New York

Kim Barnes, Idaho

Conger Beasley, Missouri

Franklin Burroughs, Maine

Lan Samantha Chang, Iowa

Michael Collier, Maryland

Elizabeth Cox, Massachusetts

John Daniel, Oregon

Jan DeBlieu, North Carolina

William deBuys, New Mexico

Gretel Ehrlich, California

Charles Frazier, North Carolina

Pamela Frierson, Hawaii

Patricia Hampl, Minnesota

Robert Hass, California

Emily Hiestand, Massachusetts

Linda Hogan, Colorado

Stephen Graham Jones, Texas

John Keeble, Washington

Barbara Kingsolver, Virginia

William Kittredge, Montana

Jon Krakauer, Colorado

Gretchen Legler, Maine

Arturo Longoria, Texas

Bill McKibben, New York

Ellen Meloy, Utah

Robert Morgan, New York

Susan Brind Morrow, New York

Antonya Nelson, Texas

Robert Michael Pyle, Washington

Pattiann Rogers, Colorado

Scott Russell Sanders, Indiana

Eva Saulitis, Alaska

Donna Seaman, Illinois

Carolyn Servid, Alaska

Kim Stafford, Oregon

Mary Swander, Iowa

Arthur Sze, New Mexico

Mike Tidwell, Maryland

Luis Alberto Urrea, Illinois

Luis Verano, Oregon

D. J. Waldie, California

Joy Williams, Florida

Terry Tempest Williams, Utah

Larry Woiwode, North Dakota

Product Details

Lopez, Barry (edt)
Trinity University Press
Gwartney, Debra
Lopez, Barry
Edition Description:
Revised Edition
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8 x 4.5 in

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