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Some of us understand place in terms of family and community, landscape, or even the weather. For others, the idea of place becomes more distinct and particular: the sound of someone humming while washing dishes, the musical cadence of a mountain accent, the smell of a tobacco field under the hot Piedmont sun. Some of North Carolina's finest writers ruminate on the meaning Some of us understand place in terms of family and community, landscape, or even the weather. For others, the idea of place becomes more distinct and particular: the sound of someone humming while washing dishes, the musical cadence of a mountain accent, the smell of a tobacco field under the hot Piedmont sun. Some of North Carolina's finest writers ruminate on the meaning of place in this collection of twenty-one original essays, untangling North Carolina's influence on their work, exploring how the idea of place resonates with North Carolinians, and illuminating why the state itself plays such a significant role in its own literature. Authors from every region of North Carolina are represented, from the Appalachians and the Piedmont to the Outer Banks and places in between. Amazing Place showcases a mix of familiar favorites and newer voices, expressing in their own words how North Carolina shapes the literature of its people. Contributors include Rosecrans Baldwin, Will Blythe, Belle Boggs, Fred Chappell, Jan DeBlieu, Pamela Duncan, Clyde Edgerton, Ben Fountain, Marianne Gingher, Judy Goldman, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Randall Kenan, Jill McCorkle, Michael McFee, Lydia Millet, Robert Morgan, Jenny Offill, Michael Parker, Bland Simpson, Lee Smith, Wells Tower, and Monique Truong.


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Some of us understand place in terms of family and community, landscape, or even the weather. For others, the idea of place becomes more distinct and particular: the sound of someone humming while washing dishes, the musical cadence of a mountain accent, the smell of a tobacco field under the hot Piedmont sun. Some of North Carolina's finest writers ruminate on the meaning Some of us understand place in terms of family and community, landscape, or even the weather. For others, the idea of place becomes more distinct and particular: the sound of someone humming while washing dishes, the musical cadence of a mountain accent, the smell of a tobacco field under the hot Piedmont sun. Some of North Carolina's finest writers ruminate on the meaning of place in this collection of twenty-one original essays, untangling North Carolina's influence on their work, exploring how the idea of place resonates with North Carolinians, and illuminating why the state itself plays such a significant role in its own literature. Authors from every region of North Carolina are represented, from the Appalachians and the Piedmont to the Outer Banks and places in between. Amazing Place showcases a mix of familiar favorites and newer voices, expressing in their own words how North Carolina shapes the literature of its people. Contributors include Rosecrans Baldwin, Will Blythe, Belle Boggs, Fred Chappell, Jan DeBlieu, Pamela Duncan, Clyde Edgerton, Ben Fountain, Marianne Gingher, Judy Goldman, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Randall Kenan, Jill McCorkle, Michael McFee, Lydia Millet, Robert Morgan, Jenny Offill, Michael Parker, Bland Simpson, Lee Smith, Wells Tower, and Monique Truong.

45 review for Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    I loved this book and read it rather quickly. It was similar to the 27 Views books, but specifically what N.C. means to the writers who wrote these essays. Very enjoyable and I highly recommend it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    This is a lovely book. One I planned on dipping into between doing school work but ended up reading from cover to cover in two sittings. It is a series of 'essays' (although not in the dry sense), maybe 'meditations' is a better word on how North Carolina has effected the writing of the contributors. It is nicely segmented into three parts, one on the Mountains and the Western part of the state, one for the Piedmont area and the last for Down East and the coast. The contributors range from those This is a lovely book. One I planned on dipping into between doing school work but ended up reading from cover to cover in two sittings. It is a series of 'essays' (although not in the dry sense), maybe 'meditations' is a better word on how North Carolina has effected the writing of the contributors. It is nicely segmented into three parts, one on the Mountains and the Western part of the state, one for the Piedmont area and the last for Down East and the coast. The contributors range from those that are born and raised here, to those that just stayed a while. To the relative new comer, I only have 7 Carolinian years under my belt, it solidified all those things I love about the state and introduced me to a multitude of new things. As someone interested in writing, it is also an interesting exploration of the importance of place and the more importantly the authenticity of place in write. I highly recommend this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aldafan

    A friend gave me this. It was ok, based on the fact that NC is home to so many writers. It features writers from all over the state writing short essays about how NC influenced their writing. Actually, I don't think I ever heard of any of them and I don't know NC as well as my friend thinks! But it was ok.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I had been reading this in bits and pieces for quite a while, and luckily this is a book that doesn't mind if you do that. There is some very lovely writing in here by some very talented NC writers, and I'm sure I'll return to some of these essays again.

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    Karen

    Editor Marianne Gingher has done an outstanding job in choosing authors and pieces of their works to put into this collection of "Amazing Place." Many of my favorite authors contributed to this anthology with stories I haven't read before. Out of the many favorite stories in this book, the one I thoroughly enjoyed was Clyde Edgerton's "My Mind Grinds the Graveyard." This is the way most of us tell a story down here in the South: You start with the beginning of a story that has a definite end, bu Editor Marianne Gingher has done an outstanding job in choosing authors and pieces of their works to put into this collection of "Amazing Place." Many of my favorite authors contributed to this anthology with stories I haven't read before. Out of the many favorite stories in this book, the one I thoroughly enjoyed was Clyde Edgerton's "My Mind Grinds the Graveyard." This is the way most of us tell a story down here in the South: You start with the beginning of a story that has a definite end, but in the middle there are so many little side stories that you feel have to be told to make the story complete, that we sometimes forget where we started and/or where we're going but lawd have mercy we have a grand ol' time gettin' there! The stories are reminders of life as many of us boomers remember and wish we could have shared with our own kids. Lovely book, would make a great gift!

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