Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape

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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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About the author

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, Texas, home.

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Franklin Burroughs, Maine
Lan Samantha Chang, Iowa
Michael Collier, Maryland
Elizabeth Cox, Massachusetts
John Daniel, Oregon
Jan DeBlieu, North Carolina
William deBuys, New Mexico
Gretel Ehrlich, California
Charles Frazier, North Carolina
Pamela Frierson, Hawaii
Patricia Hampl, Minnesota
Robert Hass, California
Emily Hiestand, Massachusetts
Linda Hogan, Colorado
Stephen Graham Jones, Texas
John Keeble, Washington
Barbara Kingsolver, Virginia
William Kittredge, Montana
Jon Krakauer, Colorado
Gretchen Legler, Maine
Arturo Longoria, Texas
Bill McKibben, New York
Ellen Meloy, Utah
Robert Morgan, New York
Susan Brind Morrow, New York
Antonya Nelson, Texas
Robert Michael Pyle, Washington
Pattiann Rogers, Colorado
Scott Russell Sanders, Indiana
Eva Saulitis, Alaska
Donna Seaman, Illinois
Carolyn Servid, Alaska
Kim Stafford, Oregon
Mary Swander, Iowa
Arthur Sze, New Mexico
Mike Tidwell, Maryland
Luis Alberto Urrea, Illinois
Luis Verano, Oregon
D. J. Waldie, California
Joy Williams, Florida
Terry Tempest Williams, Utah
Larry Woiwode, North Dakota
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Trinity University Press
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Published on
Apr 14, 2011
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Pages
480
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ISBN
9781595340887
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Language
English
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
Language Arts & Disciplines / Reference
Nature / Reference
Reference / Dictionaries
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Horizon is a revelatory, epic work that voices concern and frustration along with humanity and hope--a book that makes you see the world differently, and that is the crowning achievement by one of America's great thinkers and most humane voices.
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