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A Conservationist Manifesto

by Scott Russell Sanders

As an antidote to the destructive culture of consumption dominating American life today, Scott Russell Sanders calls for a culture of conservation that allows us to savor and preserve the world, instead of devouring it. How might we shift to a more durable and responsible way of life? What changes in values and behavior will be required? Ranging geographically from southern Indiana to the Boundary Waters Wilderness and culturally from the Bible to billboards, Sanders extends the visions of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Rachel Carson to our own day. A Conservationist Manifesto shows the crucial relevance of a conservation ethic at a time of mounting concern about global climate change, depletion of natural resources, extinction of species, and the economic inequities between rich and poor nations. The important message of this powerful book is that conservation is not simply a personal virtue but a public one.

Earth Works

by Scott Russell Sanders

In the hands of award-winning writer Scott Russell Sanders, the essay becomes an inquisitive and revelatory form of art. In 30 of his finest essays--nine never before collected--Sanders examines his Midwestern background, his father's drinking, his opposition to war, his literary inheritance, and his feeling for wildness. He also tackles such vital issues as the disruption of Earth's climate, the impact of technology, the mystique of money, the ideology of consumerism, and the meaning of sustainability. Throughout, he asks perennial questions: What is a good life? How do family and culture shape a person's character? How should we treat one another and the Earth? What is our role in the cosmos? Readers and writers alike will find wisdom and inspiration in Sanders's luminous and thought-provoking prose.

The Floating House

by Scott Russell Sanders

In 1815, the McClures sail their flatboat from Pittsburgh down the Ohio River and settle in what would later become Indiana.

The Force of Spirit

by Scott Russell Sanders

Scott Russel Sanders reveals how the pressure of the sacred breaks through the surface of ordinary life -- a life devoted to grown-up children and aging parents, the craft of writing and the natural world. Whether writing to his daughter or to his son as each prepares to get married, or describing an encounter with a red-tailed hawk in whose form he glimpses his father, or praising the disciplines of writing and carpentry and teaching. Sanders registers, in finely tuned prose, the "Force of the Spirit".

Hunting for Hope: A Father's Journeys

by Scott Russell Sanders

In a narrative threaded with the moving story of his father-son trip, Sanders sets out to accumulate his own reasons for hope. These richly examined medicine bundles of hope, Scott Russell Sanders brings all of his considerable powers as an elegant writer of prose.

The Paradise of Bombs

by Scott Russell Sanders

Winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction. The pieces gathered in this book are essays, by which I mean they are experiments in making sense of things, and they are personal, by which I mean the voice speaking is the nearest I can come to my own voice.

A Place Called Freedom

by Thomas B. Allen Scott Russell Sanders

A tribute to all who struggle for freedom. When young James Starman and his slave family are set free, they travel north to Indiana where they build a house, a farm, and a new life for themselves. In those years before the Civil War, Papa keeps making dangerous trips back to Tennessee, bringing back aunts and cousins and friends. So many people arrive that soon, they form a village. But what to call such a fine town where former slaves have gathered to build their lives afresh? What else, but Freedom. Inspired by the true story of the founding of Lyles Station, Indiana, A Place Called Freedom celebrates the courage, compassion, and wisdom that create strong communities.

A Private History of Awe

by Scott Russell Sanders

An original and searching memoir. When Scott Russell Sanders was four, his father held him in his arms during a thunderstorm, and he felt awe -- "the tingle of a power that surges through bone and rain and everything". "A Private History of Awe" is an account of his search, told as a series of dramatic, spiritually charged episodes. His early memory of watching a fire with his father; his attraction to the solemn cadences of the Bible despite his frustration with Sunday-school religion; his discovery of books and the body; his mounting opposition to the Vietnam War and all forms of violence; his decision, after the heady experience of education at Brown and Cambridge, to return to the Midwest and raise a family in the place of his roots. In many ways, this is the story of a generation's passage through the 1960s -- from innocence to experience, from euphoria to disillusionment. But Sanders has found a language that captures the transcendence in ordinary lives while never resorting to formula. And by framing his recollections with present-day accounts of tending to his ailing mother and his newborn granddaughter, he weaves his story into the larger history of his family, illuminating the cycles of life that bind together generations. In his hands, the pattern of American coming of age made classic by writers from Mark Twain to Tobias Wolff is given a powerful new charge.

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