Jayber Crow

Jayber Crow Description:

From the simple setting of his own barber shop Jayber Crow orphan seminarian and native of Port William recalls his life and the life of his community as it spends itself in the middle of the twentieth century Surrounded by his friends and neighbors he is both participant and witness as the community attempts to transcend its own decline And meanwhile Jayber learns the art of devotion and that a faithful love is its own reward

Rating: 3.50 out of 5

Hannah Coulter

Hannah Coulter Description:

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Rating: 3.59 out of 5

The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture Description:

Since its original publication in The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters In it Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline But today s agribusiness takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families and as a nation we are thus more estranged from the land from the intimate knowledge love and care of it Sadly as Berry notes in this edition his arguments and observations are even more relevant than ever We continue to suffer loss of community the devaluation of human work and the destruction of nature under an economics dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits Although this book has not had the happy fate of being proved wrong Berry writes there are good people working to make something comely and enduring of our life on this earth Wendell Berry is one of those people writing and working as ever with passion eloquence and conviction

Rating: 3.74 out of 5

The Memory of Old Jack

The Memory of Old Jack Description:

In a rural Kentucky river town Old Jack Beechum a retired farmer sees his life again through the sades of one burnished day in September Bringing the earthiness of America s past to mind i The Memory of Old Jack i conveys the truth and integrity of the land and the people who live from it Through the eyes of one man can be seen the values Americans strive to recapture as we arrive at the next century br br Few novelists treat both their characters and their readers with the kind of respect that Wendell Berry displays in this deeply moving account i The Memory of Old Jack i is a slab of rich Americana i The New York Times Book Review i

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

The Collected Poems, 1957-1982

The Collected Poems, 1957-1982 Description:

A longtime spokesman for conservation common sense and sustainable agriculture Wendell Berry writes eloquently in several styles and methods Among other literary forms he is a poet of great clarity and sureness His love of language and his care for its music are matched only by his fidelity to the subjects he has written of during his first twenty five years of work land and nature the family and community tradition as the groundwork for life and culture His graceful elegies sit easily alongside lyrics of humor and biting satire Husbandman and husband philosopher and Mad Farmer he writes of values that endure of earthy truths and universal imagery His vision is one of hope and memory of determination and faithfulness For this far reaching yet portable volume Berry has chosen nearly two hundred poems from his previous eight collections br

Rating: 3.33 out of 5

Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community: Eight Essays

Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community: Eight Essays Description:

In this new collection of essays Wendell Berry continues his work as one of America s most necessary social commentators With wisdom and clear ringing prose he tackles head on some of the most difficult problems which face us as we near the end of the twentieth century br br Berry begins the title essay with the Anita Hill Clarence Thomas hearings as an example of a process that has been well established and well respected for at least two hundred years the process of community disintegration Community a locally understood interdependence of local people local culture local economy and local nature bound by trust and affection is being destroyed by the desires and ambitions of both private and public life which for want of the intervention of community interests are also destroying one another br br He then moves on to elucidate connections between sexual brutality and economic brutality and the role of art and free speech Berry forcefully addresses America s unabashed pursuit of self liberation which he says is still the strongest force now operating in our society As individuals turn away from their community they conform to a rootless and placeless monoculture of commercial expectations and products buying into the very economic system which is destroying the earth our communities and all they represent br br Throughout the book Berry asks What is appropriate What is worth conserving from our past and preserving in our present What is it to be human and truly connected to others What does it mean to be free

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

What Are People For?

What Are People For? Description:

In the twenty two essays collected here Wendell Berry whom The Christian Science Monitor called the prophetic American voice of our day conveys a deep concern for the American economic system and the gluttonous American consumer Berry talks to the reader as one would talk to a next door neighbor never preachy he comes across as someone offering sound advice He speaks with sadness of the greedy consumption of this country s natural resources and the grim consequences Americans must face if current economic practices do not change drastically In the end these essays offer rays of hope in an otherwise bleak forecast of America s future Berry s program presents convincing steps for America s agricultural and cultural survival br

Rating: 3.30 out of 5


Fidelity Description:

Berry richly evokes Port William s farmlands and hamlets and his characters are fiercely individual yet mutually protective in everything they do His sentences are exquisitely constructed suggesting the cyclic rhythms of his agrarian world New York Times Book Review

Rating: 3.30 out of 5

A Place on Earth

A Place on Earth Description:

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Rating: 3.35 out of 5

The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays Description:

Here is a human being speaking with calm and sanity out of the wilderness We would do well to hear him The Washington Post Book World br br Art of the Commonplace gathers twenty essays by Wendell Berry that offer an agrarian alternative to our dominant urban culture Grouped around five themes an agrarian critique of culture agrarian fundamentals agrarian economics agrarian religion and geo biography these essays promote a clearly defined and compelling vision important to all people dissatisfied with the stress anxiety disease and destructiveness of contemporary American culture br br Why is agriculture becoming culturally irrelevant and at what cost What are the forces of social disintegration and how might they be reversed How might men and women live together in ways that benefit both And how does the corporate takeover of social institutions and economic practices contribute to the destruction of human and natural environments br br Through his staunch support of local economies his defense of farming communities and his call for family integrity Berry emerges as the champion of responsibilities and priorities that serve the health vitality and happiness of the whole community of creation br

Rating: 3.79 out of 5