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What Are People For?

Essays

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May 25, 2010 | Paperback | 5 x 8, 224 Pages | ISBN 9781582434872
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“[Berry] makes one believe that the good life may not only be harder than what we’re used to but sweeter as well.” —New York Review of Books

Wendell Berry identifies himself as both “a farmer of sorts and an artist of sorts,” which he deftly illustrates in the scope of these twenty-two essays. Ranging from America’s insatiable consumerism and household economies to literary subjects and America’s attitude toward waste, Berry gracefully navigates from one topic to the next. He speaks candidly about the ills plaguing America and the growing gap between people and the land.

Despite the somber nature of these essays, Berry’s voice and prose provide an underlying sense of faith and hope. He frames his reflections with poetic responsibility, standing up as a firm believer in the power of the human race to not only fix its past mistakes but to build a future that will provide a better life for all.

Considered the “prophetic American voice of our day,” Berry has the rare ability to shed hope on an otherwise bleak reality.

WENDELL BERRY is the author of fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He has recently been awarded the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For over forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife Tanya in Kentucky.

Praise

“Wherever we live, however we do so, we desperately need a prophet of responsibility; and although the days of the prophets seem past to many of us, Berry may be the closest to one we have. But, fortunately, he is also a poet of responsibility. He makes one believe that the good life may not only be harder than what we’re used to but sweeter as well.” —New York Review of Books

“[Berry is] the prophetic American voice of our day.” —Christian Science Monitor

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