Writing from the center /
Scott Russell Sanders.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1995.
x, 196 p. ; 23 cm.
0253329418 (cl : alk. paper)
More Details
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1995.
0253329418 (cl : alk. paper)
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-196).
A Look Inside
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Great Lakes Book Awards, USA, 1996 : Won
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-09-01:
In this collection of 12 essays, Sanders (English, Indiana Univ.) writes about family, community, the natural world, the Midwest, the art of writing, academia, and his own life. Sanders has published nonfiction, fiction, and children's works to some acclaim; he writes, he says, to glimpse the condition of wholeness that occurs when individuals are not separate from their fellow beings and communities are one with the natural world. "The earth needs fewer tourists and more inhabitants, it seems to me‘fewer people who float about in bubbles of money and more people committed to knowing and tending their homeground." Consequently, he finds himself baking bread or canoeing with his daughter. Some of his essays have been published previously; they sometimes overlap or fail to acknowledge each other, but they are essays of substance and beauty, and they belong beside the work of Annie Dillard, Samuel Pickering, and Wendell Berry. For both academic and public library collections.‘Nancy Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, N.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1996-02:
This volume is an important addition to the growing body of texts, both autobiographical and critical, that make up the new Midwestern regionalism. In the same vein as Kathleen Norris's Dakota (1993), Richard Rhodes's The Inland Ground (1970), and Marilyn Coffey's Great Plans Patchwork (1989), the present volume uses personal history as a vehicle to probe the Midwestern sense of place and cultural ethos--and conversely, to explore the ways the US heartland shapes the person. This is regionalism at its best: a literate, lyrical, self-conscious journey to find what is discrete and distinctive about life in the nation's middle border. In a series of 12 interlinking essays, Sanders uses the concept of centeredness to discuss a range of subjects spanning ancestral history and marital life, landscape and ecology, work and faith, community and selfhood, and ultimately to rediscover his Ohio roots in his contemporary Indiana home. The book eludes easy categorization--part memoir, part poetic rumination, part academic discourse--but its success lies in this very medley of forms. Especially recommended for general readers and libraries with collections in regionalism, cultural geography, environmental literature, and local history. L. Babener; Montana State University
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1995-08-21:
In his latest collection of carefully crafted essays, Sanders, an author (Staying Put) and a professor of English at Indiana State Univ., reflects on the sense of belonging he has found while raising his family in the Midwest, and on his career as a writer. He eloquently expresses his love of the land and the responsibility he feels for preventing further erosion of our natural resources, including a description of a canoe trip he took with his daughter into northern Minnesota. The simple joys of domestic life unfold in an account of a morning spent baking bread, and he also explains how a dreaded kitchen renovation provided him and his wife with unexpected pleasure. In one informative essay, Sanders ties his feelings for the Midwest to what other writers such as Willa Cather and Sinclair Lewis have written about the area. He views writing as his chosen work, one that must be attended to daily and in solitude, and values it only insofar as it articulates his vision of community. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
This item was reviewed in:
Kirkus Reviews,
Publishers Weekly, August 1995
Library Journal, September 1995
Choice, February 1996
School Library Journal, February 1996
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Authored Title
In this collection of 12 inspiring & penetrating essays, the author examines technology, community, love & strife within families, & the search for spiritual ground as seen through the eyes of a midwesterner.
Table of Contents
Buckeye Beneath the Smooth Skin of America Imagining the Midwest Sanctuary
The Common Life Faith and Work The Writer in the University News of the Wild Voyageurs Earth, Air, Fire, and Water Writing from the Center Letter to a Reader Words of Thanks
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem