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David Gessner addresses the sometimes negative superficial image that Thoreau suffers, digs deeper, and gives fresh relevance to the writer who inspired Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Gessner reads and writes from a shack he built, which doubles as a bird blind, near his coastal North Carolina home. He explores his own writing process, and applies Thoreau’s ideas to modern pandemic times, in which some are adjusting their mental calculus of wants, needs, productivity, and how to live well. A brilliant and thought provoking book!

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A powerful and timely book from one of the most provocative and engaging voices in contemporary environmental writing.
--MICHAEL P. BRANCH, author of How to Cuss in Western

When the pandemic struck, nature writer David Gessner turned to Henry David Thoreau, the original social distancer, for lessons on how to live. Those lessons--of learning our own backyard, re-wilding, loving nature, self-reliance, and civil disobedience--hold a secret that could help save us as we face the greater crisis of climate.

DAVID GESSNER is the author of Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt's American Wilderness and the New York Times-bestselling All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West. Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and founder and editor-in-chief of Ecotone, Gessner lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his wife, the novelist Nina de Gramont, and their daughter, Hadley.

About the Author


DAVID GESSNER is the author of eleven books that blend a love of nature, humor, memoir, and environmentalism, including Leave it As it Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt's American Wilderness and the New York Times-bestselling All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West and the prize-winning The Tarball Chronicles. In 2003 Gessner taught environmental writing as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard, and he now serves as chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Ecotone. His prizes include a Pushcart Prize, the John Burroughs Award for Best Nature Essay, the Association for Study of Literature and the Environment's award for Best Book of Creative Writing, and the Reed Award for Best Book on the Southern Environment. In 2017 he hosted the National Geographic Explorer show, The Call of the Wild. Gessner lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with his wife, the novelist Nina de Gramont, and their daughter, Hadley.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781948814485
ISBN-10: 194881448X
Publisher: Torrey House Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 377
Language: English