Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land

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Price
$17.99  $16.55
Publisher
Harper
Publish Date
Pages
80
Dimensions
5.3 X 7.2 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780063009332

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About the Author

N. Scott Momaday is an internationally renowned poet, novelist, artist, teacher, and storyteller whose works celebrate and preserve Native American heritage. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel House Made of Dawn and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Academy of American Poets Prize, the National Medal of Arts, the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation's Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, and the 2021 Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry. A longtime professor of English and American literature, Momaday earned his PhD from Stanford University and retired as Regents Professor at the University of Arizona. He lives in New Mexico.

Reviews

"Poets and storytellers have always reminded us of our spiritual connections to the land and the world around us -- passed along through dreams, stories, memories, and mythologies. Scott Momaday skillfully continues this tradition in Earth Keeper, from which we can all learn and benefit."--Robert Redford
"Short but satisfying. . . . Using lyrical, heartfelt language, [Momaday] looks back on a life lived close to nature, and on the joy that natural wonders have given him. . . . At a time when bad news is in plentiful supply, readers will find Momaday's words refreshing and comforting in their sincerity."--Publishers Weekly
"Wonder abounds in these pages. . . . Short chapters of prose that read almost like prayers to the natural world."--Kirkus Reviews
"Earth Keeper is a prayer for continuity in these days of uncertainty. I cannot tell you why I loved this book, I can only tell you I wept my way through it. Each page brought me closer to myself, a self I had lost in the pandemic. We need Scott Momaday's calm, clear prose and stories. Words are medicine. There is wisdom in sharing what one knows, especially at a time when we know so little. 'Let me say my heart, ' he says. And he does."--Terry Tempest Williams, author of Erosion: Essays of Undoing
A profound reflection on humanity's relationship with its terrestrial home, the planet Earth.--Booklist
Dazzling. . . . In glittering prose, Momaday recalls stories passed down through generations, illuminating the earth as a sacrosanct place of wonder and abundance. At once a celebration and a warning, Earth Keeper is an impassioned defense of all that our endangered planet stands to lose.--Esquire
"A collection of short essays as multilayered and majestic as the landscape that has been present in everything that Momaday has written. . . . [A] poetic love letter to the Earth."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
Part memory and part meditation, part poem and part prayer, Earth Keeper is a short but powerful collection that holds its arms out to the world, asking to be read again and again. I make a prayer for words, writes Momaday. Let me say my heart. That heart is evident on every page of Earth Keeper, a reminder that body, soul and earth are inextricably woven together, and to deny that connection is to deny one's very humanity.--Shelf Awareness (starred review)
A timely meditation on the natural world -- as well as what we stand to lose as the climate changes.--New York Times
Earth Keeper is a celebration of the rich spiritual imagination of America's Native peoples. . . . Momaday, now 86 years old, must be ranked among the greatest of our contemporary writers and our environmental prophets.--American Scholar
Equal parts memoir, folklore, and poetry, Earth Keeper is above all a work of great reverence, an appreciation for the earth and the relationship we cultivate with it.--Commonweal