Facing It: Epiphany and Apocalypse in the New Nature - The Seventh Generation: Survival, Sustainability, Sustenance in a New Nature (Paperback)M. Jimmie Killingsworth (author)
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In deft, highly accessible prose, Killingsworth takes the reader through a Cold-War childhood, an adolescence colored by anti-war and ecological activism, and an adulthood darkened by terrorism and climate change. Inviting us on walks through tame suburbias (riddled with environmental abuse) and wild deserts and mountains (shadowed by industrial development), he celebrates the survival of natural beauty and people living close to the earth while questioning truisms associated with both economic advancement and environmental purity.
Above all, this book invites the reader to face it: to look with wide-open eyes on a new nature that will never be the same, but that continues to offer opportunities for renewal and advancement of life.
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"This book is a marvelous braiding of memoir, environmental/cultural history, literary/environmental writing criticism, meditation, and personal manifesto. It is the memoir that drives this manuscript: the author's opening admission that his mother's death inspired this writing, his admirable self-examination beginning with childhood and coming into the present, his vivid portrayal of real-life characters. It is a sort of coming-of-age saga--coming to the age the author is now--told from the distance of maturity, without losing the immediacy of the present, for, the reader understands, this is how he understands things at this moment."--Ann McCutchan, Associate Professor of English, University of North Texas; author, The Muse That Sings and River Music; and prose editor, American Literary Review
"We live in a 'world undone, ' and the question is 'how to face it.' With signature aplomb and grace, Jimmie Killingsworth examines these post-apocalyptic times from the well-told narrative of his own life and a long scholarship of environmental literature. If stories will save us, this book is a lifeline."--Janisse Ray, author of The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
"Jimmie Killingsworth, following in the footsteps of Loren Eiseley and Kathleen Dean Moore, is
a master storyteller with an eye for both the intimate detail and the planetary implication. This
elegant work of narrative scholarship comes to us with powerful urgency from a writer who has
undergone a series of apocalyptic epiphanies--vivid realizations that the world has changed, that
we've all had a hand in this change, and that facing the change is perhaps the most essential
process of our time. Facing It is a wonderful and important book."--Scott Slovic, Editor, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
--Scott Slovic (05/30/2014)
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