Local Wonders (inbunden)
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Winner of IndieFab awards (Autobiography) 2002; Short-listed for Society of Midland Authors Award (Adult Nonfiction) 2003
University of Nebraska Press
234 x 152 x 25 mm
408 g
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xvii, 153 p. ;
Local Wonders (inbunden)

Local Wonders

Seasons in the Bohemian Alps

Inbunden Engelska, 2002-09-01
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Ted Kooser describes with exquisite detail, humour, and savvy the place he calls home in the Bohemian Alps of southeastern Nebraska. Like others in rural areas, he has what he calls 'wolf vision,' and he sees every change in the landscape around him. Nothing is too big or too small for his attention. Memories of his grandmother's cooking are juxtaposed with reflections about the old-fashioned outhouse on his property. In the end, what makes life meaningful for Ted Kooser are the ways his neighbours care for one another and how an afternoon walking with an old dog, or baking a pie, or decorating the house for Christmas can summon memories of his Iowa childhood. This writer is a seer in the truest sense of the word. When others have become acclimated to change, the writer reminds all of us that the closing of local schools, thoughtless county weed control, and irresponsible housing development destroy more than just the view. Communities are at stake, as are families, our health, and arguably our very souls. Ted Kooser is an adjunct professor of English at the University of Nebraska. A retired insurance executive, his poetry has appeared in nine special collections and eight books including "Winter Morning Walks: 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison" and "Weather Central."
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"a quietly eloquent diary of a year in a small town in Nebraska. .. .This is a heartfelt plainspoken book about slowing down and appreciating the world around you. What better sentiment for the season. Maybe it's exactly the feeling your friends, even you, are looking for." Janet Maslin, New York Times book critic "Ted Kooser's Local Wonders is the quietest magnificent book I've ever read" Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall "Local Wonders takes its luminous place in the time-honored tradition of seasonal contemplation within a cherished place. It is a companionate book - bright of eye and wit, warm with the details and reflections of the world." Merrill Gilfillan, author of Grasshopper Falls "When you read Ted Kooser's Local Wonders, you question where he's been all these years. He'd probably tell you he's been right here, amidst all of us, working the simplicity of words, the clarity of insights. What he wouldn't tell you is that he has the quiet ability to sneak beneath your skin and ripple it ever so slightly." ... "Set back in the hills of southeastern Nebraska-the Bohemian Alps-Kooser's book doesn't venture far geographically but travels great distances along the lengths of wisdom... Kooser is a poet by nature, and his essays have the generous feel of a man who's rolled up his sleeves, pen in hand, for a long time, choosing words as an act of beauty, and knowing the small things of the world are of great import." The Bloomsbury Review, March/April issue

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Ted Kooser is a visiting professor of English at the University of Nebraska and a retired insurance executive. His poetry has appeared in nine special collections and eight books, including Winter Morning Walks: 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison and Weather Central.


Preface; Acknowledgements; Spring; Summer; Autumn; Winter