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CrossRoads : A Southern Culture Annual 2006
Edited by: Ted Olson
Product Code: P355
ISBN: 9780881460377
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CrossRoads : A Southern Culture Annual 2009
Edited by: Ted Olson
Product Code: P373
ISBN: 9780881460957
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 314
Product Format: Paperback
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CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual is a publication dedicated to the interdisciplinary study and artistic appreciation of the South (broadly defined) and Southern culture. The scholarly work in CrossRoads explores such topics as Southern language, literature, art, music, food, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, and politics. The creative work in CrossRoads includes such genres as poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art.
Going to Ground : Simple Life on a Georgia Pond
By author: Amy Blackmarr
Product Code: P267
ISBN: 9780865549050
Pages: 170
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Unfulfilled by city life, Amy Blackmarr sold her thriving Kansas business and returned to the pine woods of South Georgia to follow a dream. For five years, she lived in her grandfather’s "old scarecrow of a fishing cabin" beside the pond. Now with warmth, humor, and a strong, clear voice, she brings her rustic world alive in stories about her dogs, life without hot water, visits from an alligator, and the life and death of her grandmother. Blackmarr also writes candidly of the demons she must conquer in her own nature to become the person she longs to be while continually proving there is wonder to be found in every moment. In the tradition of Thoreau’s Walden and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Going to Ground is a tribute to the transcendent beauty of nature and the joys, fears, lessons, and serenity of the solitary life. Originally published in 1997, Mercer University Press proudly introduces this new edition.
Half of What I Say Is Meaningless
By author: Joseph Bathanti
Product Code: H880
ISBN: 9780881464733
Pages: 160
Product Format: Hardback
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HALF OF WHAT I SAY IS MEANINGLESS is a series of memoirs, set by turns in Joseph Bathanti’s hometown of Pittsburgh as well as in his ultimate home in North Carolina where he landed in 1976 as a VISTA Volunteer assigned to the North Carolina Department of Correction. Though these essays are not queued chronologically, they form a seamless chronicle of contemplation on the indelible stamp of home, family, ancestry, and spirituality, regardless of locale.
House of Steps : Finding the Path Home
By author: Amy Blackmarr
Product Code: P275
ISBN: 9780865549128
Pages: 160
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When the award of a graduate fellowship brings Amy Blackmarr to Kansas from her grandfather’s old pond-side fishing shack in rural South Georgia—"where the scents of pine straw on damp mornings and peanuts drying in October fields were deep and warm and familiar"—she rents a hippie house in the country that quickly becomes the setting for a tangled string of quirky events. With characteristic humor, irony, and an unfailing sense of wonder, Blackmarr gets lost in the woods, battles wasps but falls in love with a roach, frets over the "corruption" of her mother, calls the sheriff on her neighbors, laments her perfectionism, collects bugs in a bowl, and takes in yet another stray dog. The chaotic, often contemplative, always revealing journey into her own nature is reflected in the vibrant natural settings Blackmarr inhabits; yet her discoveries provide readers warm and lyrical proof that they don’t have to escape into the woods to understand themselves, or their world, more deeply. Originally published in 1999, this edition of House of Steps includes a new unpublished essay.

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