Interior Places

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Bison Books
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6.07 X 9.02 X 0.63 inches | 0.89 pounds
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About the Author
Lisa Knopp is an associate professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the author of Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape, Field of Vision, and The Nature of Home: A Lexicon of Essays (available in a Bison Books edition).
"[A] smart sequel to Knopp's earlier study, The Nature of Home. . . . Rapt observer, botanist, birder and chronicler of the human condition, Knopp is also, in the best literary tradition, a wanderer of lingering curiosity. . . . Elegiac, soulful and discerning."--Kirkus Reviews-- (1/1/2008 12:00:00 AM)
"Interior Places is a great sample of local nature writing, making it ideal for academic study or for those who want to start reading creative nonfiction.--Ryan Borchers, Omaha World-Herald-- (4/20/2008 12:00:00 AM)
"Whether watching wood ducks with naturalist Aldo Leopold's brother Frederick or contemplating the quotidian lives of two of P.T. Barnum's circus giants, Knopp's observations have been finely honed over time and place into purposeful explorations of themes that have percolated throughout her childhood and finally come to fruition in her adult roles as writer and professor, mother and daughter."--Carol Haggas, Booklist-- (5/27/2009 12:00:00 AM)
"These new essays are mostly set in Iowa and Nebraska; in each, the author moves easily from the concrete to the abstract and back again, blending history, science, personal reminiscence, observation and reflection--inspired by topics such as the formation of geodes, memories of her grandmother, bird-banding at Schramm State Park, volunteer work among the poor, or her experiences with claustrophobia. . . . Knopp demonstrates again why she is one of Nebraska's most respected essayists."--Nebraska Life
-- (7/29/2008 12:00:00 AM)
"Lisa Knopp explores the inner life--subjectivity--with grace, compassion, and a love for landscapes. This book brings together two of the major currents in creative nonfiction--memoir and nature writing--from the mature perspective of a writer dedicated to careful inhabitation. Like those geodes that open this fine collection, Interior Places sparkles all the way through."--Elizabeth Dodd, author of Prospect: Journeys and Landscapes-- (7/16/2007 12:00:00 AM)
"Knopp is one of our finest American natural history writers. There's no writer I know who is better at capturing the beauty and detail of the tall grass prairie and plains states. Knopp writes lyrically yet scientifically with her facts grounded in both experience and solid sources. She now takes her place among such writers as her literary mentor Aldo Leopold."--Mary Swander, author of The Desert Pilgrim: En Route to Mysticism and Miracles
"In these engagingly written pieces Knopp describes the people and places of Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio, and, in one essay on the famous flyer Amelia Earhart, Atchison, Kansas. Her recounting of a visit to the aviatrix's birthplace, interspersed with town history and an account of Earhart's equal dedication to flying and serving the urban poor (the latter manifest in her work with the settlement house movement of the early twentieth century), demonstrates Knopp's method of looking closely at geographical spaces as windows upon more interior places."--Kansas History
"Although Knopp focuses on the Midwest, her writing should interest readers who desire to live a life informed by the flora, fauna, geology, and history of the region where they reside."--Lisa Woolley, Bloomsbury Review
"It is always a pleasure to read Lisa Knopp's prose. Not only does it flow smoothly, but it offers wonderful visual images. This is a book that makes me pause while reading as I mentally make a list of the people to whom I will be giving it as a gift."--Becky Faber, Great Plains Quarterly
"Lisa Knopp's quietly significant Interior Places is surely among the more important essay collections of our millennium's first decade."--Gaynell Gavin, Western American Literature