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.
(my all-time favorite piece on this subject, maybe just my all-time favorite piece)
(the book of her work, published posthumously, also has several other things touching on this subject)
(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)
(if you speak even a little Spanish, play the audio along with it)
(I only found this piece today, but WOW, it sums up so much of how I feel)
(what happened when I sent Lou the first Menkedick piece)
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