Reading Guides, VOLUME 10

Scott Russell Sanders – Intro Reading Guide

Today (October 26th) marks the birthday of one of the most significant living writers here in Indiana, Scott Russell Sanders. Best known for his essays, Sanders has also written fiction, and picture books for children. His work will be of interest to readers of Wendell Berry’s work.

LISTEN to a talk that Sanders gave
on the importance of Public Libraries

Scott Russell Sanders’ 
Favorite Classics to Re-Read


In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

4. Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World


“Since I’ve lived in the same place for 40 years, I thought this would be an interesting read. This is not a book that one tears through. Rather it requires a slow thoughtful approach which is in keeping with Sanders perspective on staying put. It takes time and consideration to make a home in a restless world. Sanders writing and thinking is in keeping with Wendell Berry. Both require the reader to look at place with fresh eyes. The essay entitled the “Force of Moving Water” was meditative, descriptive, informative, and as powerful and soothing and disturbing as it’s subject matter, the Ohio River. The piece on Sander’s anxious late night wandering, “The Earth’s Body,” was evocative, highly personal, and deeply intelligent. Take your time with this book; you need to absorb Sanders through skin, breath, and the soles of your feet, in the same way you come to know the place you choose to make your home.”  – customer review




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