Yearning for the Land

Yearning for the Land

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A beautiful, meditative memoir mixed with travel and history, this unique book is the story of one Americana€™s search for a deeper connection to the land. Drawn by a sense that he is missing a critical link to his home in suburban Ohio, John W. Simpson heads for rural Scotland, where he encounters his own family history as well as estate owners and tenant farmers who have centuries-long ties to their land. As he travels, he meditates on the legacy of the great 19th century conservationist John Muir, who himself developed a complex love of the land when he immigrated from Scotlanda€™s North Sea coast to the fields and forests of Wisconsin. As Simpson physically retraces Muira€™s journey he wonders what sense of belonging Muir found on the frontier that modern America, with its strip malls and housing developments, has forgotten. A fascinating story of changing perceptions and values from the Old World to the New, Yearning for the Land shows us just how much roots mattera€”both in our own lives, and in the many ways time and history, landscape and community are tightly intertwined. From the Trade Paperback edition.The small kitchen was equipped with a convection oven and electric cooker, a seventeen-cubic-foot refrigerator/freezer, and little storage. ... We found less conspicuous consumption in Cockburnspath, compared with our New World home; less excess; less wastefulness, too. ... Local bus service links the village to the broader world beyond every two hours, and the A-I, the major highway between.

Title:Yearning for the Land
Author:John W. Simpson
Publisher:Vintage - 2009-09-09


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