Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps

Ted Kooser (Author)

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
Bison Books
Publish Date
March 01, 2004
6.16 X 9.28 X 0.37 inches | 0.58 pounds

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About the Author

Ted Kooser is a visiting professor of English at the University of Nebraska and a retired insurance executive. His poetry has appeared in nine special collections and eight books, including Winter Morning Walks: 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison and Weather Central.


"A quietly eloquent diary of a year in a small town in Nebraska. . . . This is a heartfelt plainspoken book about slowing down and appreciating the world around you. . . . Maybe it's exactly the feeling your friends, even you, are looking for."--New York Times book critic Janet Maslin on CBS News Sunday Morning--Janet Maslin
"Eloquent meditations on country pleasures, the rhythms of the seasons and the lingering presence of Czech folk culture in rural Nebraska."--Dan Cryer, Newsday--Dan Cryer "Newsday "
"Clear, generous, and imaginative, Local Wonders increases the sum of the world's best goods."--Patrice Koelsch, Speakeasy--Patrice Koelsch "Speakeasy "
"Kooser forges connections with the past through witty, commonsense proverbs inherited from Czech and German immigrants to southeastern Nebraska. The proverbs lend a poetic folk wisdom to the examination of his rural environs."--Jeffrey Galbraith, Harvard Review--Jeffrey Galbraith "Harvard Review "
"Local Wonders should be read and reread. It is a treasure, like the ripe wild plums Mr. Kooser, a retired insurance executive, picks along rural Nebraska roadsides."--Dan Barber, Dallas Morning News--Dan Barber "Dallas Morning News "
"In this elegaic volume of four chapters, National Poet Laureate Kooser shares with the reader a lifetime of observations about home, familiy, and land distlled into a series of sometimes sparkling, other times electrifying, and always engaging scenes that read like a poet's diary."--Mark Easter, Colorado Review--Mark Easter "Colorado Review "
"Reading Ted Kooser's Local Wonders, I feel like I've wandered into another world, a place where the past endures--broken down a little, it's true--and where the present contains enough room to pay attention to the people and the countryside around you. This is simple, patient prose, the annotations of living in a wide-open place."--Verlyn Klinkenborg--Verlyn Klinkenborg
"Ted Kooser's Local Wonders is the quietest magnificent book I've ever read."--Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall--Jim Harrison
"Local Wonders takes its luminous place in the time-honored tradition of seasonal contemplation within a cherished place. It is a companionate book--bright of eye and wit, warm with the details and reflections of the world."--Merrill Gilfillan, author of Grasshopper Falls--Merrill Gilfillan
"Kooser claims he doesn't like to travel, but for someone who stays put, he does an awful lot of sightseeing. Hindsight, foresight, near sight, far sight, insight, out of sight, you name it--Local Wonders takes us both 'out far' and 'in deep.'"--Judith Kitchen, author of Only the Dance: Essays on Time and Memory--Judith Kitchen
"With Thoreaulike reflection and insight, the author artfully engaged this reader in a lyrical embroidery of this neighboring frontier. Weaving images in soothing language, Kooser meticulously captures the nuances of life as it evolves in a country setting in which he is both observer and participant."--Dan Semrad, Lincoln Journal Star--Dan Semrad "Lincoln Journal Star "
"This small gem of a book matches perfectly the vision of our Heartlands--conveying the beauty and courage of living close and deep."--Larry Smith, Heartlands: A Magazine of Midwest Life and Art--Larry Smith "Heartlands "
"A graceful memoir that saunters from his boyhood in Ames, Iowa to more recent years living as a writer.... Local readers everywhere will equally rejoice in the discovery of this wonderful and simple book."--Sioux City Journal--Sean Meehan "Sioux City Journal "
"When you read Ted Kooser's Local Wonders, you question where he's been all these years. He'd probably tell you he's been right here, amidst all of us, working the simplicity of words, the clarity of insights. What he wouldn't tell you is that he has the quiet ability to sneak beneath your skin and ripple it ever so slightly. . . . Set back in the hills of southeastern Nebraska-the Bohemian Alps-Kooser's book doesn't venture far geographically but travels great distances along the lengths of wisdom. . . . Kooser is a poet by nature, and his essays have the generous feel of a man who's rolled up his sleeves, pen in hand, for a long time, choosing words as an act of beauty, and knowing the small things of the world are of great import."--The Bloomsbury Review--The Bloomsbury Review
"Through his eyes we learn to see, then appreciate, the beauty and grace in everyday miracles, the comfort and sanctity in local wonders."--Booklist--Booklist
"What Kooser does in this remarkable book is describe in exquisite--and understated, humorous--detail the place where he lives: the rural area of southeastern Nebraska. Kooser is one of our finest poets and has, over the years, published a series of poems about the rural life in Nebraska that are superb evocations of place. Here, he does the same thing in prose, again and again, discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary, the pithy underlying truth of conventional folk wisdom."--Lahontan Valley News / Fallon Eagle Standard--Lahontan Valley News / Fallon Eagle Standard
"Call them stories then. Call them letters from a friend. Call them what you wish, but read them."--Nebraska Life--Nebraska Life
"Reading . . . Local Wonders is a bit like running into Lao Tsu and Confucius in line at the hardware store. A Taoist love of country life permeates the book. . . . It is not nature alone, Kooser's beautiful book reminds us, but the play of the imagination on nature--the mind that can speculate on the connection between stars and moths--that produces glory and brings insight into life's inescapable truths."--Fourth Genre--Fourth Genre
"Ted Kooser is a travel agent of words. He transports readers to a landscape of old grain trucks and weedsprayers and outhouses. Of country schools and grain elevators and fried pig's ear crumbled over oatmeal. Of handmade quilts that cost exactly 12.43. His destination? The Bohemeian Alps, a cluster of affectionately nicknamed silty clay knolls in southeastern Nebraska. His tourists? Anyone."--L Magazine: Lincoln's Premier Lifestyle Magazine--L Magazine
"Kooser writes with lovely prose, full of wry humor and affection for the land and its people."--New West Front Page--New West Front Page
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