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Hearth

A Global Conversation on Identity, Community, and Place
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Milkweed Editions
 | 
October, 2018
ISBN:
9781571313799
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Banyen's Description: 

This multicultural anthology is about the enduring importance and shifting associations of the hearth in our world.

A hearth is many things: a place for solitude; a source of identity; something we make and share with others; a history of ourselves and our homes. It is the fixed center we return to. It is just as intrinsically portable. It is, in short, the perfect metaphor for what we seek in these complex and contradictory times—set in flux by climate change, mass immigration, the refugee crisis, and the dislocating effects of technology.

The contributions, written expressly for this anthology, explore ideas about what, if anything, takes the place of hearth in the lives of refugees and immigrants, and how ideas of hearth have evolved for a young generation in a globalized world. With passion and care, these authors celebrate natural and spiritual hearths, or mourn hearths that are being destroyed—never to be replaced—in our increasingly endangered, highly populated, but still natural world.

Featuring original contributions from some of our most cherished voices—including Terry Tempest Williams, Bill McKibben, Pico Iyer, Natasha Trethewey, and Chigozie Obioma—Hearth suggests that empathy and storytelling hold the power to unite us when we have wandered alone for too long. This is an essential anthology that challenges us to redefine home and hearth: as a place to welcome strangers, to be generous, to care for the world beyond one’s own experience.

All around the world, individuals, families, friends, and neighbors gather around a campfire or a computer, a kitchen table or an auditorium stage to share ideas, and warmth, and often food. This book, we hope, may become one such gathering place where questions are asked that have no answers, but where the talk goes on and on, connecting us in peace and trust. Keeping the fire alive.

Publisher’s Description: 

A multicultural anthology, edited by Susan OConnor and Annick Smith, about the enduring importance and shifting associations of the hearth in our world.

A hearth is many things: a place for solitude; a source of identity; something we make and share with others; a history of ourselves and our homes. It is the fixed center we return to. It is just as intrinsically portable. It is, in short, the perfect metaphor for what we seek in these complex and contradictory timesset in flux by climate change, mass immigration, the refugee crisis, and the dislocating effects of technology.

Featuring original contributions from some of our most cherished voicesincluding Terry Tempest Williams, Bill McKibben, Pico Iyer, Natasha Trethewey, and Chigozie ObiomaHearth suggests that empathy and storytelling hold the power to unite us when we have wandered alone for too long. This is an essential anthology that challenges us to redefine home and hearth: as a place to welcome strangers, to be generous, to care for the world beyond ones own experience.

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