Earth Works: Selected Essays

Recognized as one of the most frequently anthologized essayists of the last 25 years, Scott Russell Sanders has won half a dozen national awards for his personal nonfiction. Here are twenty-one of his most celebrated essays, plus nine essays never before collected in book form.

Praise for Earth Works;

"More than any other writer of his generation, Scott Russell Sanders has consistently, and insistently, challenged his readers to consider what it means to be a citizen of the Earth." -- H. Emerson Blake, Orion

"Like the building stones of his beloved limestone country, Scott Russell Sanders's enduring essays are beautifully carved from the material of the Earth and its layered lives. This collection of his finest work will become a classic of American thought." --Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature

"The many things that Scott Sanders cares about--soical justice, family, our place in nature, the ways in which culture and place reflect one another--are all woven together wonderfully in this collection of essays. Here is a voice to dispel confusion and keep us well rooted." --Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift and Common as Air

Partial table of contents:

The Singular First Person

At Play in the Paradise of Bombs

The Men We Carry in Our Minds

Doing Time in the Thirteenth Chair

The Inheritance of Tools

Under the Influence

Looking at women

After the Flood

Staying Put



The Common Life


The Force of Spirit

A Private History of Awe

The Mystique of Money