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Amy Blackmarr returns to her native Georgia as a refugee, fleeing a bleak Kansas winter, the trauma of graduate school, and a loss of identity, confidence, boyfriend and best dog and pride. Now White Pine Cabin, a hut barely big enough to turn around in, becomes the setting for Blackmarr's ...
Above the Fall Line: The Trail from White Pine Cabin
Amy Blackmarr returns to her native Georgia as a refugee, fleeing a bleak Kansas winter, the trauma of graduate school, and a loss of identity, confidence, boyfriend and best dog and pride. Now White Pine Cabin, a hut barely big enough to turn around in, becomes the setting for Blackmarr's searing self-examination as she tells the stories that have led her so far inward and works out a trail back toward a happier connection with herself, the land, her God, and the people in her world. With an irony that keeps her prose from sinking into sentiment, Blackmarr writes of her dishonesty in a lost relationship, flunking her graduate exams, the inborn racism she was surprised to discover, and the loss of her beloved god Max. But her enduring love for the land brings needed beauty and balance, and her sense of humor won't let us get away without hearing about the ghost by the creek, the beat that comes for her pork roast, the mice that eat a rat snake, and the landfill that swallows her car. Finally, when Blackmarr allows herself to move outside her solitude she always discovers the world's unexpected generosity, and it is this gift that helps heal her and make her aware of the art we create in the interwoven kindnesses we pay each other.
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Above the Fall Line: The Trail from White Pine Cabin

by Amy Blackmarr
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When the award of a graduate fellowship brings Amy Blackmarr to Kansas from her grandfather's old pond-side fishing shack in rural South Georgia-- where the scents of pine straw on damp mornings and peanuts drying in October fields were deep and warm and familiar --she rents a hippie house in ...
House of Steps: Finding the Path Home
When the award of a graduate fellowship brings Amy Blackmarr to Kansas from her grandfather's old pond-side fishing shack in rural South Georgia-- where the scents of pine straw on damp mornings and peanuts drying in October fields were deep and warm and familiar --she rents a hippie house in the country that quickly becomes the setting for a tangled string of quirky events. With characteristic humor, irony, and an unfailing sense of wonder, Blackmarr gets lost in the woods, battles wasps but falls in love with a roach, frets over the corruption of her mother, calls the sheriff on her neighbors, laments her perfectionism, collects bugs in a bowl, and takes in yet another stray dog. The chaotic, often contemplative, always revealing journey into her own nature is reflected in the vibrant natural settings Blackmarr inhabits; yet her discoveries provide readers warm and lyrical proof that they don't have to escape into the woods to understand themselves, or their world, more deeply. Originally published in 1999, this edition of House of Steps includes a new unpublished essay.
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