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More Scenes from the Rural Life
Publication date: 04/17/2013
|Verlyn Klinkenborg's regular column, The Rural Life, is one of the most read and beloved in the New York Times. Since 1997, he has written eloquently on every aspect, large and small, of life on his upstate New York farm, including his animals, the weather and landscape, and the trials and rewards of physical labor, as well as broader issues about agriculture and land use behind farming today. Klinkenborg's pieces are admired as much for their poetic writing as for their insight: peonies are the sheepdog of flowers, dry snow tumbles off the angled end of the plow-blade as if each crystal were completely independent, almost charged with static electricity, and land is most valuable for its silence,its freedom from language.
Klinkenborg writes with a grace and understanding that makes us more aware of the world around us, whether we live on a farm or in the middle of a city. This book features drawings by Nigel Peake, best-selling author of In the Wilds, More Scenes from the Rural Life gathers together 150 of Klinkenborg's best pieces since his last collection, The Rural Life, was published a decade ago. For anybody with an appreciation of nature, language, or both, this book is certain to delight.
Verlyn Klinkenborg comes from a family of Iowa farmers and is the author of Making Hay, The Last Fine Time, The Rural Life, Timothy, and Several Short Sentences About Writing. A member of the editorial board of the New York Times, he has written for The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, National Geographic, Mother Jones, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. He teaches creative writing at Yale University and Pomona College and lives on a small farm in upstate New York.