Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    What I'm Giving | December 5, 2014

    William Gibson: IMG William Gibson: What I'm Giving



    At Powell's, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to share our love of books with those close to us. For this special blog series, we reached... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$24.95
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
20 Local Warehouse Anthologies- Essays
2 Remote Warehouse Biography- General

The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World (Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction)

by

The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World (Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In The Small Heart of Things, Julian Hoffman intimately examines the myriad ways in which connections to the natural world can be deepened through an equality of perception, whether it’s a caterpillar carrying its house of leaves, transhumant shepherds ranging high mountain pastures, a quail taking cover on an empty steppe, or a Turkmen family emigrating from Afghanistan to Istanbul. The narrative spans the common—and often contested—ground that supports human and natural communities alike, seeking the unsung stories that sustain us.

Guided by the belief of Rainer Maria Rilke that “everything beckons us to perceive it,” Hoffman explores the area around the Prespa Lakes, the first transboundary park in the Balkans, shared by Greece, Albania, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. From there he travels widely to regions rarely written about, exploring the idea that home is wherever we happen to be if we accord that place our close and patient attention.

The Small Heart of Things is a book about looking and listening. It incorporates travel and natural history writing that interweaves human stories with those of wild creatures. Distinguished by Hoffman’s belief that through awareness, curiosity, and openness we have the potential to forge abiding relationships with a range of places, it illuminates how these many connections can teach us to be at home in the world.

About the Author

Julian Hoffman was born in England and grew up in Canada. In 2000, he and his partner, Julia, moved to the Prespa Lakes in northern Greece where, after some years as market gardeners, they now monitor birds in sensitive upland areas where wind farms have been built or proposed. His essay “Faith in a Forgotten Place,” which is taken from the manuscript of The Small Heart of Things, won the 2011 Terrain.org Nonfiction Prize. Other writing has recently appeared in Kyoto Journal, Southern Humanities Review, EarthLines, Flyway, Cold Mountain Review, Three Coyotes, and Redwood Coast Review.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820345567
Author:
Hoffman, Julian
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Other books you might like

  1. The Improvisational Cook Used Hardcover $13.50
  2. God Makes the Rivers to Flow: An... Used Trade Paper $10.95
  3. Study in Perfect (Association of... Used Hardcover $16.95

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Reference
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Travel » Travel Writing » General

The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World (Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction) New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$24.95 In Stock
Product details 168 pages University of Georgia Press - English 9780820345567 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.