- Title: Going to Ground
- Author: Amy Blackmarr
- ISBN: 9780865549050
- Page: 182
- Format: Paperback
Unfulfilled by city life, Amy Blackmarr sold her thriving Kansas business and returned to the pine woods of South Georgia to follow a dream For five years, she lived in her grandfather s old scarecrow of a fishing cabin beside the pond Now with warmth, humor, and a strong, clear voice, she brings her rustic world alive in stories about her dogs, life without hot water,Unfulfilled by city life, Amy Blackmarr sold her thriving Kansas business and returned to the pine woods of South Georgia to follow a dream For five years, she lived in her grandfather s old scarecrow of a fishing cabin beside the pond Now with warmth, humor, and a strong, clear voice, she brings her rustic world alive in stories about her dogs, life without hot water, visits from an alligator, and the life and death of her grandmother Blackmarr also writes candidly of the demons she must conquer in her own nature to become the person she longs to be while continually proving there is wonder to be found in every moment In the tradition of Thoreau s Walden and Annie Dillard s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Going to Ground is a tribute to the transcendent beauty of nature and the joys, fears, lessons, and serenity of the solitary life Originally published in 1997, Mercer University Press proudly introduces this new edition.
Recent Comments "Going to Ground"
At the age of 33, Blackmarr leaves Kansas and returned to her native state of Georgia, settling in to her Grandfatherâ€™s old fishing cabin. She doesnâ€™t give a lot of reasons for her retreat (but does drop hints such as tired of being inside an office and three ex-husbands). Instead of reminiscing her past (which sounds colorful), she focuses on the presence, with attention to detail. She is especially aware of the natural world in a manner that reminded me of Annie Dillardâ€™s [...]
don't know how books like this get published!
Living in south Georgia is a unique experience and the author Amy Blackmarr has been able to describe this in her book about living in a very small town in south Georgia. Living in south Georgia gives me a high respect for her novel about the encounters that she has and things that she experiences. I to have lived in a large city and moved only miles from where this story is written. I too have experience the wildlife, the rustic beauty of nature, and only wish I could get those experience down [...]
The author of this nonfiction work sold her business, gave up city life and moved back to her grandfather's remote fishing shack in southern Georgia. Blackmarr deals with solitude, nature, and a very rustic lifestyle. It is also a time of self-discovery and getting back to her family roots. This book appealed to me for its "getting away from it all" theme. It is for anyone who has ever dreamed of leaving the rat race of life for a chance to look inward for a change.
I'm 30 years old and from Georgia, so I can relate to the desire to escape from the world and "go back home" like the author of this book did. So I enjoyed it on that level. It's kind of spiritual, though--lots of meditation on nature, self, religion, the universe. I guess I was hoping for more stories about home. But this is a different sort of book, and it's not bad for what it is.
Easy to read. I really enjoyed the authors glimpse into her transition from a modern, comfortable life to more simple, desolate surroundings. I think many people end up being 'successful' in a life that does not feel genuine to who they really are. This is the closest I ever plan to get to experiencing that environment!
Beautiful, lyrical. I discovered this book while browsing the shelves of my local library. It brought back many wonderful childhood memories of time spent on a family farm in south Georgia near where I grew up.
A very poetic memoir. The end suffered, though - the book was not chronological, and Blackmarr tended to group stories by emotional impact. The end was full of sad, depressing thoughts - not the impression that I think Blackmarr was going for.
Meditative and poetic due to its free-association structure, this book is worth reading for how it explores family and friendships and the nature of our bond with the landscape of our birth.
Not the most well-written or engaging, but interesting. She seems a little too crazy granola for me.
I enjoyed the audio version, read by the author. It is "REAL" life captured in a compilation of essays on various subjects, such as her grandmother, and various animals, both domesticated and wild.
I think Annie Dillard would approve. =]
great book - collection of personal essays while Amy lived alone in a cabin after deciding to change her life course
Another great Southern writer - a recollection of life in rural Georgia. No true story line.
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