The Rural Life

The Rural Life

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Baker & Taylor
Celebrates the rural life, its pleasures and hardships, and the beauty of the American landscape, in a series of reflections corresponding to the months of the year.

Book News
Klinkenborg is a member of the editorial board of the New York Times . The notes and observations for this text were written over several years, and are gathered together here into 12 chapters, forming a calendar year of reflections about country life throughout the U.S. Most of these brief essays appeared previously on the editorial page of the New York Times . Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In the pages of The New Yorker, Harper's, the New York Times, and his books Making Hay and The Last Fine Time, Verlyn Klinkenborg has mastered a voice of singular lyricism and precision. His subject is the American landscape: not the landscape admired from a scenic overlook, but one taken in from a rusty chair propped against the worn siding of a screened-in porch, or from the window of a pickup driving down an empty highway into the teeth of an approaching storm. He has a keen appreciation of the peculiarly American tableau - a Memorial Day parade, or a boy riding a bike down the middle of a dusty street. Whether reporting from a small farm in upstate New York, a high pasture deep within the Rocky Mountains, or the bricked edge of a city shuddering in the wake of a "sudden Tuesday," Klinkenborg follows the momentum of the seasons in a language as simple, unsentimental, and exacting as life itself.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of Making Hay and The Last First Time celebrates the rural life, its pleasures and hardships, and the beauty of the American landscape in a series of reflections corresponding to the months of the year. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316741675
0316741671
Characteristics: 213 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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Lauren31
Apr 18, 2013

I understand that this is a book of essays, but I still found it very disjointed and hard to follow along where exactly each particular section was taking place. The author jumps from rural location to rural location, with no real indication of where he's going next. I found it got a little tedious once I hit the summer months - I enjoyed reading the first half of this book more more than the second.

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