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.

7. The Divine Animal: A Novel
(Available for FREE download as an ebook)


“My mother did not like growing older, but she often remarked that one of the advantages of living a long time is getting to see how interesting life can be. What she meant was the way things turned out, the people moving in and out of your life, the turnings and weavings, risings, failings and surprising developments.

I’ve lived long enough now myself to understand what she meant.

It’s what this novel, Divine Animal, is about.”
– From a review in Notre Dame magazine



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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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