Books About Place

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Not necessarily travel books:

  • 'Dakota: A Spiritual Geography' by Kathleen Norris
About the (comparatively) empty Dakotas, and the small towns where people hang on (sometimes their own worst enemies) while the modern world rushes by without them. Norris, a poet, and her husband returned to South Dakota, where she had spent part of her childhood, to take over her grandmother's home when no one else in the family wanted it. She explores the contradictory nature of the people there, and finds meaning and solace in the landscape, her small church community and the nearby Benedictine monastery.