One Grand, Sweet Song
Literary Non-Fiction
5.5 x 8.5, 176 pp.
Pub Date: 11/07/2016
Price:        $18.95


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One Grand, Sweet Song

Sam Pickering

One Grand, Sweet Song is a collection of familiar essays in which Sam Pickering explores libraries and woods and fields. He wanders over hills and far away—to Caribbean and Canada—but he always returns to the local, to Connecticut and his memories of a Southern childhood. He ponders writing and aging, joy and lunacy.  He celebrates family and Christmas. He laughs and tells terrible lies, and jokes.  He runs half-marathons, and on a farm in Nova Scotia, he tries to write his Walden. “O World, I cannot hold thee close enough!” Edna St. Vincent Millay once exclaimed. In these pages Pickering embraces his world with great love, wrapping it in words and pulling it and the reader unforgettably close.

Pickering has written 28 books and 100s of articles. The subject matter of the books ranges. Three are scholarly studies, two of which focus on 18th century children’s literature. Four are travel books, three of these describing his family’s meanderings in Australia. One book mulls teaching, and another is a memoir. The rest of Pickering’s books are collections of familiar essays, providing his take or perhaps “untake” on things. “Reading Pickering,” a reviewer wrote in the Smithsonian, “is like taking a walk with your oldest, wittiest friend.”

SAM PICKERING, a resident of Storrs, Connecticut, has BAs from Sewanee and Cambridge University and a PhD from Princeton.  He recently retired as Distinguished Alumni Professor from the University of Connecticut. He taught in Jordan and Syria on Fulbright grants, and lived in Britain for five years, Australia for three, and spent the equivalent of four summering in Nova Scotia.


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