I’ve mentioned this here before (starting to think I’ve mentioned about everything there is to be mentioned–here before) that I was once told you don’t really know what your book is ABOUT until you can write it on the back of a business card or explain it to someone between floors in the elevator.
Well, it would be hard to answer “what’s that book about” if it were a Reader’s Digest or encyclopedia you were holding because those books are about a lot of different things. So it is with Slow Road Home and What We Hold.
Nevertheless, it is what the book is about that most folks want to know and that is how they often phrase question–so here in draft, longish yet and third-person, is my elevator pitch between the mezzanine and, oh, maybe the 15th floor.
What We Hold in Our Hands is a wry-but-reverent natural history of one man’s habitat that encompasses both the human and plant-animal community he shares it with. This diverse “reader” looks at the physical and ethical challenges of living in balance with nature in a remote country setting and examines what it means to belong to a Blue Ridge landscape where “simple living” offers new stories of victory and defeat as the years roll by. It is, if not a memoir, a very personal book in which a naturalist-photographer shares his view of the world’s relative order with humor, wonder and appreciation. From the author’s archives, the book is illustrated with more than 50 black and white images that enhance or embellish the writing.
Note the new STUFF page above the header image up top here–you’ll find how-to-order info there. Books arrive May 6! And both books together make a very thoughtful gift!