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Copyright: 2001
Trim: 6 x 9
Pages: 160 pp.

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978-1-60781-432-0
$21.95
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Grave Goods

Essays of a Peculiar Nature

John P. O'Grady

Literature

Just because this is a collection of essays about psychics, murderers, strange disappearances, and occult phenomena doesn’t mean it isn’t funny. With wit, wry curiosity, and redemptive irony John P. O’Grady peels back the surface of the seemingly normal to reveal the dubious, the inexplicable, and the outlandish.

Grave Goods includes ghost stories, macabre modern legends, and metaphysical investigations, all informed by the natural sciences, history, philosophy, literature, and mythology. From laugh-out-loud funny to eerily thoughtful, these essays reveal the natural world as a place of unnatural surprises and strange beauty. A place where Rip Van Winkle, O’Grady’s college buddies, and ragtag psychics rub shoulders with Buddha, Socrates, and Stephen King—and it all makes perfect sense.


John P. O’Grady has taught American literature and environmental writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage and at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. He currently lives and writes in the Catskill Mountains of New York. He is a coeditor of Literature and the Environment: A Reader on Nature and Culture and the author of Pilgrims to the Wild (University of Utah Press, 1993).


Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments

Dreams of Virginia Dare
Telling the Bees
A Tree Out There
The Dark Side of Succession
Out of Bounds
Translating the World
Out of Bounds
Translating the World
The Shadows of Doubt
Looking for the Dutchmans' Treasure
D.B. Cooper, Where Are You Now?
"Is This the Road to the Edward James?"
Bodega Head
Life at the Cauldron
The Genius of Kaaterskill Falls
The Weather Coming Off All Things
The Gated Gate
Grave Goods


Praise and Reviews:

"Reading this book is like walking through the world with a highly knowledgeable naturalist-poet-philosopher. I don’t know your taste in journeys, but this book is mine."
—Peter Coyote, poet and actor

"John O'Grady is the cream of the next generation of American nature writers. While he is new and experimental and all of that, the pleasure of reading O'Grady's work resides where it always has in any fine writer: engaging the intelligence and imagination of another person through the medium of language."
—Jim Dodge, author of Fup and Not Fade Away

"Grave Goods is a first-rate collection, revealing not only the surprising connections between ordinary things, but their metaphysical and philosophical implications as well. His stories, though rooted in everyday reality, stretch our imaginations toward the fantastic and the supernatural."
—John Algeo, editor of The Quest

"This book is good company, primed with curiosity, energized with irony. You walk and talk with it."
—Edward Hoagland, author of Tigers and Ice: Reflections on Nature and Life

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