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Book Title: Circling Home (A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book) (A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book)|
The author of the book: John Lane
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Edition: University of Georgia Press
Date of issue: November 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9780820330402
Format files: PDF
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After many years of limited commitments to people or places, writer and naturalist John Lane married in his late forties and settled down in his hometown of Spartanburg, in the South Carolina piedmont. He, his wife, and two stepsons built a sustainable home in the woods near Lawson’s Fork Creek. Soon after settling in, Lane pinpointed his location on a topographical map. Centering an old, chipped saucer over his home, he traced a circle one mile in radius and set out to explore the area.
What follows from that simple act is a chronicle of Lane’s deepening knowledge of the place where he’ll likely finish out his life. An accomplished hiker and paddler, Lane discovers, within a mile of his home, a variety of coexistent landscapes--ancient and modern, natural and manmade. There is, of course, the creek with its granite shoals, floodplain, and surrounding woods. The circle also encompasses an eight-thousand-year-old cache of Native American artifacts, graves of a dozen British soldiers killed in 1780, an eighteenth-century ironworks site, remnants of two cotton plantations, a hundred-year-old country club, a sewer plant, and a smattering of mid- to late twentieth-century subdivisions.
Lane’s explorations intensify his bonds to family, friends, and colleagues as they sharpen his sense of place. By looking more deeply at what lies close to home, both the ordinary and the remarkable, Lane shows us how whole new worlds can open up.
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John Lane teaches environmental studies at Wofford College where he also directs the Goodall Center for Environmental Studies. His latest prose book is MY PADDLE TO THE SEA, to be published in November 2011 by The University of Georgia Press. Other recent prose books include THE BEST OF THE KUDZU TELEGRAPH (Hub City Writers Project, 2008) and CIRCLING HOME (University of Georgia Press, 2007). His ABANDONED QUARRY: NEW & SELECTED POEMS was published by Mercer University Press in 2011.