Wendell Berry is an American novelist, poet, environmentalist, philosopher, cultural critic, and farmer. His words have guided and inspired us while building our lives and our homestead together.
Barbara and I had been reading Berry for years before we met. He had already become a vital part of what we considered good about ourselves long before we began building our lives together and he has continued to shape our lives.
As a young man in rural Minnesota in the 1950s, I watched the reality of the “Unsettling of America” unfold as small farmers disappeared from the rural landscape and young men and women moved to the cities for work. Corporations became food growers and profits replaced stewardship. We continue to pay the price for that change.
A few years ago, when Barbara’s mother was dying, Barbara sat by her bedside and read Jayber Crow and Hannah Coulter aloud to her. Berry’s writing brought comfort to both of them.
Whether you prefer cultural criticism, poetry, short stories, or novels, if you would enjoy a vision of what a life of integrity could be for you and for this country, I urge you to read the works of Berry.
His work can be found in bookstores and libraries and, for your convenience, we have provided a direct link to Amazon to order his work over the internet.
These are just a very few of the works of Wendell Berry. We will be posting and reviewing more on this page with regularity. We hope you enjoy our favorite American philosopher as we have.
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