The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape by 20 Contemporary Writers
DescriptionThese writers, in voices ranging from the lyrical to the meditative, awaken or allow us to discover anew a feeling for what we call America in all its many faces. Here you'll find the American spirit in Phillip Lopate's gridlocked "Manhattan," in Richard Rodriguez's gay San Francisco, and in Gerald Early's uneasily "integrated" St. Louis. In her moving essay on South Dakota, Kathleen Norris reflects on the way objects change our experience of space. Gretel Ehrlich's essay on Wyoming is also about a cure for human grief. As a whole, these intimate portraits celebrate a sense of place, rural and urban, gritty and placid; and they show how landscape transforms us, becomes a place within.
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About the Author
Jodi Daynard is the author of the bestselling trilogy that includes The Midwife's Revolt, Our Own Country, and A More Perfect Union. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including the New York Times Book Review, the Village Voice, the Paris Review, AGNI, Fiction, and the New England Review. She has taught writing at Harvard University, at MIT, and in the MFA program at Emerson College.