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Barry Lopez

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28 May 2010
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.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press,U.S.; Reprint edition (28 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595340572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595340573
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 19.5 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 964,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry Lopez is the author of "Arctic Dreams, Of Wolves and Men, Resistance, Light Action in the Caribbean, " and eleven other works of fiction and nonfiction. His essays are collected in two books, "Crossing Open Ground" and "About This Life." He contributes regularly to "Granta, the Georgia Review, Orion, Outside, the Paris Review, Manoa, " and other publications in the United States and abroad. In addition to the National Book Award, he is the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundations. He lives in western Oregon. Debra Gwartney is the author of the memoir "Live Through This, " published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February 2009. She teaches creative writing at Portland State University and lives in western Oregon. Molly O'Halloran is an illustrator and cartographer whose work has appeared in volumes of fiction, travel writing, essays, and archaeological editions. She has lived and worked in Chicago, the Upper Sonoran Desert, the northern Sierra Nevada, and the Great Basin and now calls Austin, TX, home. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book you want to keep near you 21 Oct 2006
By Anna Mills - Published on Amazon.com
I took Home Ground home and set it on the dining room table two weeks ago. I open it over breakfast and feel a visceral pleasure--the robin's egg blue sky on the cover, the ample space on each page, the quotes lining the margins, the sketches of landforms. But the sensual reality of the book wouldn't do much for me if the definitions were boring. They're exquisite. This is more than a dictionary--no one else has tried such a project, so it's hard to describe. I tell people about it, but I don't know if I convey how much fun it is to read the definitions, and how lyrical and evocative and often playful they are. I can read them just for pleasure, but I am also learning those words I've always glossed over, the words I vaguely knew but which I thought belonged to the experts, words like "playa," "swale," "gooseneck," and "glade." The more technical phrases are explained in lucid, simple terms. And then there are the ones that are pure fun, like "thank you ma'am," "looking-glass prairie," "hoodoo," "painted desert," "milk gap," and "chickenhead."

The definitions make me want to get out and notice the country. They make me believe in the beauty and specificity and continuing power of the American landscape. I feel a sense of loss for all the local folk knowledge that is now obscure. But it's also heartening to think that Americans have not only been looters; we've known the ins and outs of the land, paid attention, made it come to life in our words. And we can still reach for those words and for that clear-eyed, delighted way of seeing the land around us.

This is a book to give and a book to keep in the family. I may not take it off my dining room table for a while. It's a good companion.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a reference, a Literary Anthology of our American Homeland 21 Oct 2006
By Amy L. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first got my hands on this beautiful book, I'd barely read a page before I started to cry. Barry Lopez, Debra Gwartney, and more of the best writers of our day have saved what I didn't even realize I was losing. I've often felt, when near an exotic Asian or spicy islander that being an American, especially a Midwesterner, meant I had no culture. The United States was developed under the influence of a vast wild land, a land to conquer. We tore down and built up, paying little attention to what we destroyed. I wonder if that accounts for empty Americans trying to fill themselves up with stuff? But the U. S. isn't only about development and acquisition. Home Ground preserves the culture and language of our landscape.

"we will conserve only what we love

we will love only what we understand

we will understand only what we're taught"

Baba Dioum, Senegal

The marginalia literature quotations and the descriptive entries bind place to culture. Because I do feel a connection to the landscapes I have known, this book reminds me that I am a part of a culture that has a language. A language we might have lost.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Language for an American Landscape by Barry Lopez 10 Jan 2007
By G. Furmark - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very interesting book and should be in every bookcase along with an encyclopedia, dictionary and atlas.

The brilliant idea of having great writers briefly define geological and geographic terms works beautifully.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nature Lover from Portola Valley loves Home Ground 23 Jan 2007
By Loves to Hike - Published on Amazon.com
I'd recommend this book to anyone who reads widely and loves to discover the derivation of geographical terms pertainig to nature. What is unique about this book is the input from 45 well known writers to define unique American landscape terms. I ordered 3 copies for all my family located in the Pacific Northwest and they agree that this book is a great resource.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book 23 May 2007
By T. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
If you have a passion for the land, for the language, for fine writing, for earth's mysteries, and for peculiarities of places; and especially if you like books that are simply well-wrought objects, this is a truly beautiful volume. Trust to accident, and crack it open anywhere - you will be enlightened about some little place or feature you likely never knew existed. A true treasure.
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