I've just finished reading Susan Tweit's new book, Walking Nature Home: A Life's Journey. I ended it wishing I could order a carton all at once and send copies to lots of specific people. I'll have to settle for telling folks about it. It's being officially published next week and I'm part of an upcoming blog tour, so I will be putting together more detailed thoughts then, but I also want to make a few quick comments now.
The University of Texas Press is releasing the book as part of its Louann Atkins Temple Women and Culture Series. I like that such a series exists. The book could also have been released by several other presses I can think of; it seems to have found a home with an outfit that is doing a good job of honoring the work. The press's website has a discount and they are very fast at shipping. Buying direct from a publisher is an especially beneficial move right now, by the way.
The Louann Atkins Temple Women and Culture Series appears to contain a broad and diverse selection of books—and yet Susan's seems like a leap of faith for the press to have taken within that context. Most of the titles look like scholarly nonfiction. While Walking Nature Home is filled with solid information on a variety of topics, it definitely falls within the realm of personal narrative, or memoir.
Anyone who's noticed my photos of the books I'm reading has seen the sticky notes. I read with stickies and/or a pencil handy. I took the photo above when I'd just started the book. Here's what it looks like now:
I ran out of the nice, neat reading flags.
Some of those marked passages will undoubtedly factor into what I write at blog tour time, although I wasn't reading with the tour in mind. I was just reading. The flagged phrases, sentences, or paragraphs strongly "spoke to my condition," to use a Quaker concept. The flags always indicate ideas I want to come back to.
Printmaker Sherrie York made the illustrations that begin each chapter. I've been following Sherrie's blog for quite a while, enjoying the way she makes both tiny one-color linoleum cuts and larger, multi-layered, intricate works.
Looking for a good read that will stick with you? One that you won't want to have come to an end, but you will finish because you also don't want to stop reading? Order a copy of Walking Nature Home, or ask your library to get one and let you be first in line to read it.