The Small Heart of Things

Small. Heart. of. Things. the frail warmth of March was gone long before we
reached the river. I watched the afternoon recede with the mountains, the steeply
forested Carpathians shrinking in the wing mirror. Ahead of us lay villages
scattered ...

The Small Heart of Things

The Small Heart of Things

In The Small Heart of Things, Julian Hoffman intimately examines the myriad ways in which connections to the natural world can be deepened through an equality of perception, whether it's a caterpillar carrying its house of leaves, transhumant shepherds ranging high mountain pastures, a quail taking cover on an empty steppe, or a Turkmen family emigrating from Afghanistan to Istanbul. The narrative spans the common—and often contested—ground that supports human and natural communities alike, seeking the unsung stories that sustain us. Guided by the belief of Rainer Maria Rilke that “everything beckons us to perceive it,” Hoffman explores the area around the Prespa Lakes, the first transboundary park in the Balkans, shared by Greece, Albania, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. From there he travels widely to regions rarely written about, exploring the idea that home is wherever we happen to be if we accord that place our close and patient attention. The Small Heart of Things is a book about looking and listening. It incorporates travel and natural history writing that interweaves human stories with those of wild creatures. Distinguished by Hoffman's belief that through awareness, curiosity, and openness we have the potential to forge abiding relationships with a range of places, it illuminates how these many connections can teach us to be at home in the world.

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The Small Heart of Things
Language: en
Pages: 168
Authors: Julian Hoffman
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-09-15 - Publisher: University of Georgia Press

In The Small Heart of Things, Julian Hoffman intimately examines the myriad ways in which connections to the natural world can be deepened through an equality of perception, whether it's a caterpillar carrying its house of leaves, transhumant shepherds ranging high mountain pastures, a quail taking cover on an empty
The Distance from the Heart of Things
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Ashley Warlick
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1997-06 - Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Returning home from college to her grandfather's prosperous Carolina vineyard, Mavis Black discovers a growing emotional distance from her eccentric Southern family--her dreamy mother, blacksheep uncle, and powerful grandfather, Punk
Outsider at the Heart of Things
Language: en
Pages: 287
Authors: Richard P. Blackmur
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1989 - Publisher: University of Illinois Press

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The Heart of Things
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: A.C. Grayling
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-12-09 - Publisher: Hachette UK

The new bestseller from one of Britain's most pre-eminent philosophers and arguably the best known, A.C. Grayling Everyone wishes to live a life that is satisfying and fulfilling, in which there is achievement and pleasure, and which has the respect of people one, in turn, respects. And one of the
The Heart of Things
Language: en
Pages: 188
Authors: John Hildebrand
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-08-18 - Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society

“I’ve never believed that living in one place means being one thing all the time, condemned like Minnie Pearl to wear the same hat for every performance. Life is more complicated than that.” In this remarkable book of days, John Hildebrand charts the overlapping rings—home, town, countryside—of life in the

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