Synopses & Reviews
This is a collection of Klinkenborg's writings on the natural world and the changing seasons which appear frequently in a column entitled "The Rural Life" on the editorial page of the "New York Times."
In the tradition of E. B. White and Henry David Thoreau, a yearlong meditation on the deep joys of country life by one of America's best loved writers. In the pages of the New Yorker, Harpers, the New York Times, and his acclaimed books Making Hay and The Last Fine Time, Verlyn Klinkenborg has mastered a voice of singular lyricism and precision. His subject is the American landscape: not the landscape admired from a scenic overlook, but one taken in from a rusty chair propped against the worn siding of a screened-in porch, or from the window of a pick-up driving down an empty highway in the teeth of an approaching storm. Klinkenborg gives us in The Rural Life a fresh view of our greatest subject, the ordinary beauty of our daily lives.