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November 2005 Selection: Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps
By: Ted Kooser
Copyright: 2002


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About the Book:

Ted Kooser describes with exquisite detail and humor the place he calls home in the rolling hills of southeastern Nebraska known as the Bohemian Alps. Nothing is too big or too small for his attention. Memories of his grandmother's cooking are juxtaposed with reflections about the old-fashioned outhouse on his property.

In the end, what makes life meaningful for Kooser are the ways in which his neighbors care for one another and how an afternoon walking with an old dog, or baking a pie, or decorating the house for Christmas can summon memories of his Iowa childhood.

This writer is a seer in the truest sense of the word, discovering the extraordinary within the ordinary, the deep beneath the shallow, the abiding wisdom in the pithy Bohemian proverbs that are woven into his essays.

Ted Kooser is a visiting professor of English at the University of Nebraska and a retired insurance executive. His poetry has appeared in ten special collections and eight books. He is currently serving two terms as Poet Laureate Consultant of the United States, and was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Related Web sites:

Info about Ted Kooser on the library's Heritage Room page

Library of Congress Poetry site, featuring Ted Kooser

Interview, Excerpts and Audio Interview with Ted Kooser on National Public Radio

The Official Ted Kooser Web site

Ted Kooser page on the Nebraska Center for Writers Web site


If You Like Local Wonders, Try:

Walden
By: Henry David Thoreau.

One Man's Meat
By: E.B. White. 1942.

The works of Jim Harrison


Local Wonders Reader Comments:

This is a wonderful book but the outhouse chapter was a bit much.

-- Rayma S.
Bennett Martin Public Library.
Average Customer Review Score - 7

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