Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Book 6: The Anthropology of Turquoise

Two-book day alert! Yes, the pleasure was all mine. The Anthropology of Turquoise is exactly what you might expect from a book that has the following two stickers on the front cover: "Pulitzer Prize Finalist" and "Book Sense 76 Pick".

At first, I didn't know what to make of it, but I faded into the book over the course of about a half-hour, and soon began to see each description, each beat, as a special moment.

Ellen Meloy has written a novel-form poem to the landscape; each beat -- each item she encounters -- takes her back into her journey of family and self, as she explores the beauty that surrounds us. It is, at turns, surprising, delightful, and heady. I kept having to put it down to remind myself of the landscape I was absorbing the book through.




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