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Compass Lines : journeys toward home / John Messick.

Messick, John, (author.).


"In essays that traverse latitudes and continents, John Messick's Compass Lines explores the paths we take toward belonging. Here, broken vehicles mark the porous boundaries between built and natural worlds. Deserted backpacks trace immigration routes along the US-Mexico border. A job fighting wildfire near a ghost town reveals the dangers of a life spent wandering. Slowly, as Messick learns the rhythms of seasons-through wing prints on snow, cupboard shelves stocked for winter, and quiet moments before the birth of his son-he discovers that a connection with the places we inhabit requires both movement and stillness. From Antarctica to the Arctic, a Cambodia tattoo parlor to the Florida swamps, and from childhood to fatherhood, this deeply felt debut invites readers on a search for the most elusive landscape of all-home"

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  • ISBN: 9781736755839
  • ISBN: 1736755838
  • Physical Description: 230 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: McCarthy, Alaska : Porphyry Press, 2023.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Refrigerators at the End of the Road -- The Fisherman and a .410 Shotgun -- A Clear Place in the Sky -- Desert Ghosts -- Discovering Terra Incognita -- Into the City of Jasmine -- Of Big Burns and Ghost Towns -- Learn the Flowers -- Other Bloods -- Learning to Read -- Remarks on a Jar of Squirrel -- Bremner.
Subject: American essays > 21st century.
American essays.
Genre: Autobiographies.
Travel writing.
Travel writing.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Homer Public Library AK 814.6 MES (Text) 000170699 Display -- Lit Lineup Checked out 07/14/2024

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