More Scenes from the Rural Life (Hardcover)

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In a sequel to his last collection, The Rural Life, Klinkenborg once again collects his best pieces from his New York Times column published during the last eleven years. When not otherwise teaching writing in other locales, Klinkenborg lives on a small farm in upstate New York. His keen observations about life there is matched only by the magic of his prose.


— From More Scenes from Rural Life


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. More Scenes from the Rural Life gathers together 150 of his 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.

About the Author

Klinkenborg is the author of The Rural Life, Making Hay, The Last Fine Time, and Timothy: Or Notes of an Abject Reptile

Praise For…

"It's graceful, poetic, sharp--and rewards both a straight-through reading and dipping into dates according to season." - Shelf-Awareness

Product Details
ISBN: 9781616891565
ISBN-10: 1616891564
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication Date: May 14th, 2013
Pages: 224
Language: English