Staff Pick

In novels and short stories, incisive essays, and steadying poetry, Wendell Berry has spent fifty years writing on his family’s farm in Henry County, Kentucky, about slow and small living. His writing is nuanced and elegant, his output immense. An advocate of the local through and through, Berry’s books have traditionally been crafted by small presses, and accordingly, the original printing of his book-length poem The Farm, by Kentucky's Larkspur Press, has been hard to find. Whether you are a devoted fan or have never heard of him, this long-awaited reproduction of The Farm (Counterpoint, $18.95) is pure Wendell Berry distilled. Featuring the original restrained drawings of Kentucky bookbinder Carolyn Whitesel, Berry’s verse cycles through the yearly tasks of farm management, its transcendent wisdom serenely grounded in his place in the world. It’s a poem not unlike Donald Hall’s “Ox-Cart Man,” serene and sublime in its economy.

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By Wendell Berry, Carolyn Whitesel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781640090958
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 2nd, 2018

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Deftly translated, odd beyond description, Laurus, winner of the Russian Booker serves as a portal into another time and place: medieval Rus. Vodolazkin, an accomplished but heretofore rather straight-and-narrow medieval scholar, mines the tradition of iurodstvo, or “holy foolery” in Russian religious life to produce a brilliantly inventive hagiographical pastiche; a disorienting but informed depiction of a time and a Christianity utterly, fascinatingly, foreign to the more scholastic, juridical Western tradition.

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ISBN: 9781780748719
Availability: Backordered
Published: Oneworld Publications - September 13th, 2016

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Far from a self-help manual, this memoir by a witty novelist grapples with a personal tragedy, which is, like all tragedies, unrepeatable and heart wringing in its particularities. She tells the wrenching story of her first pregnancy set against the backdrop of emigre life in rural France, which ended in her child’s full term stillbirth. Rather than clobbering you over the head with sadness, her story - intricately structured, insightfully specific - keeps you curious and instructs in compassion. You'll surely cry, but then you'll know just how to cry with the people around you when their own stories turn sad - or when your own does. 

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ISBN: 9780316027663
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - February 22nd, 2010