Home Ground

Home Ground

Language for An American Landscape

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Baker & Taylor
Over 850 terms for land and water--words like kiss tank, milk gap, goat prairie, basket-of-eggs relief, misfit river, swale, yazoo--are described by forty-five of our most respected writers, including Jon Krakauer, Terry Tempest Williams, Barbara Kingsolver, Charles Frazier, and Robert Hass. Home Ground is a language-lover's dream, a visionary and fresh reference work that combines geography, literature, and folklore, and represents tremendous research distilled in a single paragraph.

Perseus Publishing
Barry Lopez asked 45 poets and writers to define terms that describe America’s land and water forms ? phrases like flatiron, bayou, monadnock, kiss tank, meander bar, and everglade. The result is a major enterprise comprising over 850 descriptions, 100 line drawings, and 70 quotations from works by Willa Cather, Truman Capote, John Updike, Cormac McCarthy, and others. Carefully researched and exquisitely written by talents such as Barbara Kingsolver, Lan Samantha Chang, Robert Hass, Terry Tempest Williams, Jon Krakauer, Gretel Ehrlich, Luis Alberto Urrea, Antonya Nelson, Charles Frazier, Linda Hogan, and Bill McKibben, Home Ground is a striking composite portrait of the landscape. At the heart of this expansive work is a community of writers in service to their country, emphasizing a language that suggests the vastness and mystery that lie beyond our everyday words.


Publisher Group West
Barry Lopez asked 45 poets and writers to define terms that describe America’s land and water forms — phrases like flatiron, bayou, monadnock, kiss tank, meander bar, and everglade. The result is a major enterprise comprising over 850 descriptions, 100 line drawings, and 70 quotations from works by Willa Cather, Truman Capote, John Updike, Cormac McCarthy, and others. Carefully researched and exquisitely written by talents such as Barbara Kingsolver, Lan Samantha Chang, Robert Hass, Terry Tempest Williams, Jon Krakauer, Gretel Ehrlich, Luis Alberto Urrea, Antonya Nelson, Charles Frazier, Linda Hogan, and Bill McKibben, Home Ground is a striking composite portrait of the landscape. At the heart of this expansive work is a community of writers in service to their country, emphasizing a language that suggests the vastness and mystery that lie beyond our everyday words.


Blackwell North Amer
Home Ground brings together, for the first time, the distinctly American vocabulary that people use to characterize the country's landscape. Forty-five writers, with backgrounds and imaginations as different as journalist Bill McKibben's and novelist Barbara Kingsolver's, have crafted more than 850 definitions for words like vega and trace. And flatiron, bayou, milk gap, and looking-glass prairie. What emerges from their work, however, is more than accurate definitions and their individual approaches to each of these words. It's more than learning that lake is also a color, and that those islands of lush growth in the midst of a new lava flow are called kipukas. It's more than learning that Peekskill, New York, probably took its name from the farm the Peek family established on a hill in that area. It's discovering, in the process, the way this unique landscape has shaped American character. When we speak of things like canyons, waterfalls, and prairies, we are talking about our history. When we use a word like gulch or monadnock, or an expression like Carolina hay or desire path, we are evoking something distinctive in our culture.
Home Ground is an invitation to learn American geography, to read American history, and to celebrate a deeply engaging dimension of American character.

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& Taylor

Provides over eight hundred and fifty terms that describe American landscape by forty-five well-known writers, including Jon Krakauer, Terry Tempest Williams, Barbara Kingsolver, Charles Frazier, and Robert Hass.

Publisher: San Antonio : Trinity University Press, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781595340245
1595340246
Branch Call Number: 917.304 HOME
Characteristics: xxiv, 449 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Lopez, Barry Holstun 1945-

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