The Inner Coast: Essays

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Donovan Hohn, a former editor at GQ and Harper's Magazine, is the author of The Inner Coast and Moby-Duck and the recipient of an NEA Fellowship, a Knight-Wallace Fellowship, and a Whiting Writer's Award. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Donovan Hohn's prose is as immaculate and quotable as that of any writer of his generation. And while you always sense his outrage about ecological calamity, and never doubt his moral engagement, his advocacy never feels hectoring. There's no writer living or dead I would rather read on the reliably distressing topic of environmentalism than Donovan Hohn.--Tom Bissell
With his close sense of connection to nature and knack for quietly moving prose, Hohn reveals himself to be a valuable new name in narrative nonfiction.
One of our very best contemporary essayists.--Rivka Galchen
Donovan Hohn has a genius for noticing the previously unnoticed and for writing about our environments with careful precision and a patient observer's love of detail. He is a kind of contemporary archeologist, writing about what surrounds us, and he does so with uncommon grace and quiet eloquence. This is a wonderful book.--Charles Baxter
Donovan Hohn has a diviner's capacity to tap into the source and the flow of a story, whether the 'story' is narrative or argumentative. His attention to the appearances of things--the false; the true--tunes the reader's alert-addled animal brain to the meaningful, and the terrible. As the Earth begins to resist us, to remind us that how we're living will be our undoing, Hohn's work is that sad, happy thing, glinting in the sand: evidence of what a human mind could do, and what a human heart could yield.--Wyatt Mason
I've seldom encountered a writer with a better understanding of both the literary and the journalistic ways and means of telling a true story. Donovan Hohn thinks clearly; he writes with eloquence and force.--Lewis H. Lapham
There are echoes of Barry Lopez here, but Hohn's voice--reflective, trenchant, often eloquent--seems all his own...Settle in and savor a keen mind with a laudable moral compass.