Here is a collection of essays by the acclaimed author of Murphy's Romance. Max Schott is a Southern California essayist and fiction writer, and his essays concern the landscape and ecology and the economy of home. There are also a number of essays about literary icons like Chaucer, Boswell and Johnson, and Jane Austen. There are a few essays about reading. And there are a number of story-like essays about Schott's father, and his own work as a cowboy and horse trainer. Though these pieces have a range of subjects, they are unified by the straightforward, yet lyrical style of a born writer.