As I started thinking more and more about place, as well as both my relationships and humans’ relationships in general with places, I started reading about it. A lot.

In typical obsessive Nicole fashion, I started collecting resources – pages and pages of them, so many that I couldn’t list them all here, and that I was thoroughly surprised when I started digging things up. But they’re wonderful, every one, some short, some long, and since I know this is too extensive for most people, I’ll order them by what you should read first. Oh yeah, and Sarah Menkedick who has, oh, a lot of essays mentioned here, is WRITING A BOOK which I am of course insanely excited for.

And, as always, I will take any further suggestions!

SO. Here we go.


Home: a reading list.



“Homing Instincts” by Sarah Menkedick

(my all-time favorite piece on this subject, maybe just my all-time favorite piece)

“The Opposite of Loneliness” by Marina Keegan

(the book of her work, published posthumously, also has several other things touching on this subject)

“The Purest Form of Play” by Miranda Ward

(I can’t remember how I found Ward’s work, but it in turn led me to Vela, and then to Sarah Menkedick, and then to so, so many good things)

“Love in los Tiempos de Spanglish” by Sarah Menkedick

(if you speak even a little Spanish, play the audio along with it)

“Rich Country” by Anne Beatty

(I only found this piece today, but WOW, it sums up so much of how I feel)

“Everyday Geography” by Sarah Menkedick

“A Letter to My Thirties” by Sarah Menkedick

“Caught in the Middle” by Sarah Menkedick

“On Not Writing (About Home)” by Miranda Ward

“My Own Mexican Revolution” by Sarah Menkedick

“On Change” by Miranda Ward

“(Im)permanence: When I Travel” by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

“Homing” by Lou Canelli 

(what happened when I sent Lou the first Menkedick piece)

“Goodbye to All This” by Lauren Quinn

“The Edge of Extraordinary” by Amanda Giracca

“This Is Not a “Travel Blog” (But It Is a Travel Blog” by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

“Leave to Remain” by Miranda Ward

“On Home, Things, and a Tiny House on Wheels” by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

“Roots vs Wanderlust: On Home, Accumulation & What’s Missing” by Cheri Lucas Rowlands


Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver

(talk about finding beauty in honesty and in the everyday)

Nothing Special by Charlotte Joko Beck

(not exactly on this, but worth every word)

Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton

(honestly can’t recommend this book enough)

The Essentialism Issue of Kinfolk Magazine

Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things by John Ryan and Alan Thein Dunning

(scary as all heck, but definitely a must-read)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Considerations by Colin Wright

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

How to Travel Full-Time by Colin Wright

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