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Going to Ground : Simple Life on a Georgia Pond
By author: Amy Blackmarr
Product Code: P267
ISBN: 9780865549050
Product Format: Paperback
Availability: In stock
Price: $25.00
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
Product Format: Hardback
Availability: In stock
Price: $25.00
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
Product Format: Paperback
Availability: Not currently available. (Backorder policy)
Price: $25.00
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.

In the Morning: Reflections from First Light
By author: Philip Lee Williams
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H717
ISBN: 9780881460223
Product Format: Hardback
Availability: In stock
Price: $23.00
Morning is a part of everyone’s life. But relatively little has been written directly about morning itself because it is a background rather than a major theme. In his new book of creative nature non-fiction, author Philip Lee Williams takes us on a journey that is scientific, artistic, and very personal.

Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home
By author: Cathryn Hankla
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P558
ISBN: 9780881466485
Availability: In stock
Price: $20.00
Founded in fieldwork and reflection, LOST PLACES follows the author from small towns and rural landscapes, through a transitional city neighborhood, to the challenging construction of an urban renewal loft, as she struggles to renovate living spaces and transform relationships after an early divorce. In a voice droll and lyrical by turns, Hankla charts a path through enigmatic encounters with snakes and contemplations of Thomas Jefferson's problematic biography homes, underground and ancient cities, Star Trek, the contradictory nature of Appalachia, desire, our families, spiritual callings, and definitions of home.

Memory’s Mist: The View from the Journey
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P476
ISBN: 9780881464641
Product Format: Paperback
Availability: In stock
Price: $18.00
MEMEORY"S MIST is a collection of personal essays about life in the South as seen through the eyes of author Jackie K. Cooper. The stories contained hold up a mirror upon which the shared traits and experiences of life can be seen. Some of the experiences shared are humorous, some are sad, some are dramatic, and some are life affirming. Through them all runs a ribbon of hope and optimism. As Cooper reflects back on his past, the vision has been somewhat dimmed by the mist of memory but—with the help of family and friends—he is able to part the mist and have a clear view of the past which in many ways signals the future. As with his other books Cooper finds life full of surprises and simple joys amid the tumultuous and uncertain lives we all live.

On the Other Side of Oddville
By author: Dwight A. Moody
Product Code: P350
ISBN: 9780865549913
Product Format: Paperback
Availability: Not currently available. (Backorder policy)
Price: $25.00
With a compelling mixture of humor and insight, Moody offers his reflections on religion and American life. Standing at the intersection of the public and the private, and speaking with authentic faith unfettered by fear, Moody offers words of clarity and compassion about some of the more troublesome issues of our time. Moody describes candidly the joys and sorrows that have come his way and how the simple gifts of faith, hope, and love have served as sources of both endurance and delight.

Parade’s End
By author: Sam Pickering
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P569
ISBN: 9780881466652
Availability: In stock
Price: $18.00
PARADE'S END is a collection of familiar essays. The author is a meanderer, and PARADE'S END celebrates the passing drift of days and the quiet miracles of living. Trees bud, snow falls, and Christmas blooms green and red with joy and happiness. As Time passes, acquaintances vanish. In these essays the author cruises the Adriatic and the Caribbean, he summers on a farm in Nova Scotia, receives an honorary degree in Tennessee, and roams the fields and woods of Eastern Connecticut. During his travels he meets many improbable people, most of whom exist. However, he follows the advice of Oscar Wilde and does not degrade truth into facts.

Reading Life: On Books, Memory, and Travel
By author: Michael Pearson
Product Code: P502
ISBN: 9780881465211
Availability: In stock
Price: $24.00
A unique blend of memoir, literary appreciation, and travel narrative, Reading Life is a series of interrelated essays tracking the relationship between books and experience, dramatizing and reflecting on how stories lead us into the world, and how we transform that engagement with the world back into personal narrative. A love story about books and travel, Reading Life is, by turns, comic and serious. Chapters shift in tone—from a lyrical quality akin to Adam Gopnik’s to a tongue-in-cheek humor reminiscent of Ian Frazier’s. The book transports the reader from the high desert landscape of Cather’s New Mexico and the rocky coastline of E. B. White’s Maine to the pilgrimage paths of Cervantes’s Spain and the hallucinogenic heat of Bowles’s Morocco. At the heart of Reading Life is the belief that stories are vital to our existence. Pearson invokes the same spirit that Tim O’Brien did in The Things They Carried when he said, “Stories are for joining the past to the future… Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.” Books, like travel, compel us to venture into new worlds, to renew our acquaintance with old ones, and, ultimately, to learn how to see. Books are both window and mirror, allowing a view of something deep in us and a glimpse of some distant truth beyond what is familiar and known. Willie Morris, former editor of Harper’s, said, “Michael Pearson is one of our nation’s finest memoirists.”

Ship Without an Udder, A
By author: Robert L. Steed
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: H396
ISBN: 9781563522529
Product Format: Hardback
Availability: In stock
Price: $25.00
Robert L. Steed is a generous man. Although he is a personal guardian to a virtual mother lode of opinions-both informed and uninformed-he is always quick to share them with anyone in need. That is, with anyone in need of a good laugh from one of America's quirkiest and most inquiring minds. With verve and vigor (not o be confused with the centerfold twins of the same names), Steed offers a hilarious diagnosis of the current social and cultural condition. No one (except paying clinets) is spared his acerbic barbs in A Ship Without An Udder, expecially the overindulgent and overserious.

Sometimes I Did All I Could Do: Authentic Remembrances of Teaching
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P383
ISBN: 9780881461374
Product Format: Paperback
Availability: In stock
Price: $30.00
The authenticity of being human, paradoxical remembrances, and realms of wellness are some of the themes explored in this cutting-edge, down-to-earth repertoire of essays. Teachers share vivid memories that reflect happenings that began in good faith but, from a human perspective, failed to meet expectations.

South of the Etowah: The View from the Wrong Side of the River
By author: Raymond L. Atkins
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Product Code: P526
ISBN: 9780881465655
Availability: In stock
Price: $18.00
Novelist Raymond L. Atkins offers a lighthearted change of pace in this collection of humorous essays. He explores a diverse range of topics as seen from the porch of his home on the southern bank of the mighty Etowah River in northern Georgia. From this lofty height he holds forth on holidays, parenthood, cars, home ownership, aging, travel, medicine, technology, ballet, movies, marriage, Shakespeare, dogs, cats, music, swimming pools, vintage television, nicknames, amusement parks, restaurants, school projects, language, computers, hair, bad jobs, William Faulkner, weddings, advertising, Broadway plays, yard work, hospitals, cooking, Elvis Presley, moving, money, art, college, dinner theater, and a variety of other subjects.

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