Your Waterstones card is changing, introducing...
TELL ME MORE
Living in the Country Growing Weird: A Deep Rural Adventure (Paperback)
  • Living in the Country Growing Weird: A Deep Rural Adventure (Paperback)
zoom

Living in the Country Growing Weird: A Deep Rural Adventure (Paperback)

£22.95
Paperback Published: 31/10/2001
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
In 1972, Dennis Parks, a young potter with a promising academic career ahead of him, decided to move to Tuscarora, a near-abandoned mining town in remote northeastern Nevada. Parks and his wife were attracted to Tuscarora's isolation and beautiful setting, and they believed that it might be a wholesome environment in which to raise their two small sons. Living in the Country Growing Weird is Parks's account of his family's life in Tuscarora, a tiny settlement whose population even forty years later numbers fewer than twenty permanent residents. Parks created a pottery school that attracts students from around the world and developed for himself an international reputation as the creator of powerful, innovative works in clay. Meanwhile, he and his family had to master the numerous skills required of those who choose to live in the backcountry - growing and hunting their own food, renovating or building from scratch the structures they needed for residences or studios, resolving conflicts with neighbors, inventing their own amusements. As Dennis Parks reveals, the life that he and his family found in Tuscarora is also richer, infinitely more interesting, and profoundly more creative than what they left behind. This book is certain to delight admirers of Parks's pottery who want to learn about his environment and the inspiration for some of his work, but it will also fascinate any reader who has ever dreamed of relocating ""far from the maddening crowd"" and living a simpler and more self-sufficient life. The complexities of life in Nevada's harshly beautiful and remote back country have never before been depicted with such sensitivity, or with such good-humored candor.

Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874174847
Weight: 209 g
Dimensions: 203 x 152 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is the absolutely fresh tale of the essential American life, Huck lighting out for the territory, Thoreau s retreat to Walden Pond. But here it s done with a wife, two boys, an old Land Rover, some rabbits and goats, and a passion for throwing pots. Dennis Parks lives without television, and he doesn t miss a sunrise. -Coleman Barks, translator, The Soul of Rumi"
There is much to be learned from [Park s] odyssey. Indeed, what emerges from the book is a treasure map back to the simple pleasures of time and place, pleasures that are so often overlooked by us urban types. We should all grow weird! -Dick Schupbach, Stanford University"

You may also be interested in...

Cordially Invited
Added to basket
£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
Black Klansman
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Boy
Added to basket
Boy
£6.99   £5.49
Paperback
My Diarrhe
Added to basket
£16.99   £12.99
Hardback
Persepolis I & II
Added to basket
Pour Me
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
I Am Malala
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
My Family and Other Animals
Added to basket
£6.99   £5.99
Paperback
Theft by Finding
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Kitchen Confidential
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.99
Paperback
Talking With Serial Killers
Added to basket
Eat, Pray, Love
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Life in the Garden
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Where Shall We Run To?
Added to basket
An Elephant in My Kitchen
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
My Sister Milly
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.