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Books & Essays

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    Title:
    Bartram's Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South

    Date Published:
    Mercer University Press 2010

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    Title:
    Elemental South: An Anthology of Southern Nature Writing

    Date Published:
    (edited volume) University of Georgia Press 2004

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    Title:
    Hunting from Home: A Year Afield in the Blue Ridge Mountains

    Date Published:
    University of Georgia Press 2004

    Description:
    A gifted nature writer chronicles the four seasons in the Virginia mountains

    Come along with Christopher Camuto for a year of transforming experiences in the shadows of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains: hunting grouse with his setter through snowbound forests in winter; wading trout streams in spring; closely observing birds and wildlife through summer; exploring the backcountry, cutting wood, and hunting deer in autumn.

    Book Review #1:
    "Camuto is, pound for pound, word for word, the heavyweight champion of southern nature writing."  from Bloomsbury Review

    Book Review #2:
    "In this celebration of a year in the country, Camuto (A Fly Fisherman's Blue Ridge), who lives in a four-room log cabin near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, meditates on the pleasures of nature and his place in it. Eloquently conveying the joy he takes in finding "the miraculous in the common," he writes of the passing seasons, the ever-changing landscape, and the animals and birds that inhabit the mountains and the 200-acre farm he calls home. He also spends much of his time hunting and fishing-grouse in winter, trout in early spring, deer in fall and early winter-and the hunting theme permeates the book. As he admits, it may seem incongruous that someone who loves nature so much is an avid hunter. But, he says, "Hunting has weighted my time outdoors and clarified a great deal for me, taught me innumerable practical lessons and taken me in certain dreamlike moments through the transcendental concentration of the hunt to contact with what I assume is the sacred pulse of being, my own and that of the game I pursue." Nicely covering the same poetic ground as Ted Kerasote and Rick Bass, Camuto describes days spent in the woods tracking grouse, the details of teaching himself bow hunting, or cleaning deer. Camuto's book holds many attractions: his observations about his world and its delights-the trees, the flowers, the stars, the unexpected sight of deer running through the snow on a moonlit night, the presence of Carolina wrens nesting on his front porch, the smell of newly split wood-are memorable and can hold their own with the best nature writing."  from Publishers Weekly

    Book Review #3:
    "The mystery of connection lies at the heart of Hunting from Home . . . The stealthy cadence of Camuto's prose reveals glimpses of his effort to do justice to a place and way of life that often seem just beyond his reach; hunting becomes a metaphor of how to capture the natural within the self and on the page." ?New York Times Book Review "It is difficult to imagine anyone who walks on the land with greater circumspection and appreciation than Camuto." ?Kirkus Reviews

    Book Review #4:
    "The mystery of connection lies at the heart of Hunting from Home. . . . The stealthy cadence of Camuto's prose reveals glimpses of his effort to do justice to a place and way of life that often seem just beyond his reach; hunting becomes a metaphor of how to capture the natural within the self and on the page."
    ?New York Times Book Review


  • Book Cover

    Title:
    A Fly Fisherman's Blue Ridge

    Date Published:
    University of Georgia Press 2001

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    Title:
    Another Country: Journeying Toward the Cherokee Mountains

    Date Published:
    University of Georgia Press 2000

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    Title:
    The Woods Stretched for Miles: New Nature Writing from the South

    Date Published:
    University of Georgia Press 1999