Published to great acclaim in 2006, the hardcover edition of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape met with outstanding reviews and strong sales, going into three printings. A language-lover's dream, Home Ground revitalized a descriptive language for the American landscape by combining geography, literature, and folklore in one volume. Now in paperback, this visionary reference is available to an entire new segment of readers. Home Ground brings together 45 poets and writers to create more than 850 original definitions for words that describe our lands and waters. The writers draw from careful research and their own distinctive stylistic, personal, and regional diversity to portray in bright, precise prose the striking complexity of the landscapes we inhabit. Home Ground includes 100 black-and-white line drawings by Molly O’Halloran and an introductory essay by Barry Lopez.
About the Author
BARRY LOPEZ is the author of four works of nonfiction including "Artic Dreams" (winner of the National Book Award) and "Crossing Open Ground", seven works of fiction including "Light Action in the Carribean" and "Winter Count", and a novella-length fable, "Crow and Weasel". His work appears regularly in "Harper's, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review", and elsewhere. His numberous honors also include Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, a Governor's Award, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Oregon with his wife Sandra, a book artist.
Debra Gwartney is a former Oregonian newspaper reporter and worked as a correspondent for Newsweek magazine for ten years. She teaches writing at Portland State University. Gwartney is the mother of four daughters and is married to writer Barry Lopez.
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