Author Talk & Book Signing
Wednesday, October 25
7:00 p.m.
Books & Company


A lyrical mix of memoir, travel writing, and environmental history When longtime author Robert Root moves to a small town in southeast Wisconsin, he gets to know his new home by walking the same terrain traveled by three Wisconsin luminaries who were deeply rooted in place -- John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and August Derleth. Root walks with Muir at John Muir State Natural Area, with Leopold at the Shack, and with Derleth in Sac Prairie; closer to home, he traverses the Ice Age Trail, often guided by such figures as pioneering scientist Increase Lapham. Along the way, Root investigates the changes to the natural landscape over nearly two centuries, and he chronicles his own transition from someone on unfamiliar terrain to someone secure on his home ground. In prose that is at times introspective and haunting, Walking Home Ground inspires us to see history's echo all around us: the parking lot that once was forest; the city that once was glacier." Perhaps this book is an invitation to walk home ground," Root tells us. "Perhaps, too, it's a time capsule, a message in a bottle from someone given to looking over his shoulder even as he tries to examine the ground beneath his feet."

Robert Root has long been immersed in the nonfiction of place. He is the editor of Landscapes with Figures: The Nonfiction of Place and the author of twenty books including Recovering Ruth: A Biographer's Tale, named a Michigan Notable Book in 2004, the memoir Happenstance, and the craft studies E. B. White: The Emergence of an Essayist and The Nonfictionist's Guide: On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction. Root teaches nonfiction in Ashland University's MFA Program in Creative Writing and for the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. He and his wife live in Waukesha, Wisconsin.


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Event date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
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1039 Summit Ave
Oconomowoc, WI 53066-4457
Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780870207860
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wisconsin Historical Society Press - October 24th, 2017

Postscripts: Retrospections on Time and Place Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803238466
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2012

Following Isabella: Travels in Colorado Then and Now Cover Image
ISBN: 9780806140186
Availability: Special Order
Published: University of Oklahoma Press - May 23rd, 2009

Recovering Ruth: A Biographer's Tale Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803289925
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Nebraska Press - May 1st, 2003

Happenstance (Sightline Books: The Iowa Series in Literary Nonfiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609381912
Availability: Special Order
Published: University of Iowa Press - November 1st, 2013