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Prize-winning essays on our changing place in the natural world by the best-selling author of Moby-Duck. Since the publication of Moby-Duck a decade ago, Hohn has been widely hailed for his prize-winning essays on the borderlands between the natural and the human. The Inner Coast collects ten of his best, many of them originally published in such magazines as the New York T Prize-winning essays on our changing place in the natural world by the best-selling author of Moby-Duck. Since the publication of Moby-Duck a decade ago, Hohn has been widely hailed for his prize-winning essays on the borderlands between the natural and the human. The Inner Coast collects ten of his best, many of them originally published in such magazines as the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s, which feature his physical, historical, and emotional journeys through the American landscape. By turns meditative and comic, adventurous and metaphysical, Hohn writes about the appeal of old tools, the dance between ecology and engineering, the lost art of ice canoeing, and Americans’ complicated love/hate relationship with Thoreau. The Inner Coast marks the return of one of our finest young writers.


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Prize-winning essays on our changing place in the natural world by the best-selling author of Moby-Duck. Since the publication of Moby-Duck a decade ago, Hohn has been widely hailed for his prize-winning essays on the borderlands between the natural and the human. The Inner Coast collects ten of his best, many of them originally published in such magazines as the New York T Prize-winning essays on our changing place in the natural world by the best-selling author of Moby-Duck. Since the publication of Moby-Duck a decade ago, Hohn has been widely hailed for his prize-winning essays on the borderlands between the natural and the human. The Inner Coast collects ten of his best, many of them originally published in such magazines as the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s, which feature his physical, historical, and emotional journeys through the American landscape. By turns meditative and comic, adventurous and metaphysical, Hohn writes about the appeal of old tools, the dance between ecology and engineering, the lost art of ice canoeing, and Americans’ complicated love/hate relationship with Thoreau. The Inner Coast marks the return of one of our finest young writers.

30 review for The Inner Coast: Essays

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gulya Radjapova

    loved this

  2. 4 out of 5

    Keith Taylor

    Here's a book that I hope is able to rise out of the darkness that is the pandemic. It is definitely worth getting to your bookshop (even if it can only be on-line) and snagging a copy. I reviewed it for Michigan Quarterly Review: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/mqr/2020/... Here's a book that I hope is able to rise out of the darkness that is the pandemic. It is definitely worth getting to your bookshop (even if it can only be on-line) and snagging a copy. I reviewed it for Michigan Quarterly Review: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/mqr/2020/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rob Saunders

    Thoughtful and masterful writing. Hohn's engaging storytelling melds reason, care, and detail into lucid prose. The book is a collection of previously published essays. A moving and delightful read. Here are a few quotes. Donovan Hohn wrote: "We are born into stories already in progress - those our families tell or avoid telling; those recorded in history books and newspapers, or left out of them; those encrypted by biomes and geographies, even in our bodies." "Whether spectators or competitors, wh Thoughtful and masterful writing. Hohn's engaging storytelling melds reason, care, and detail into lucid prose. The book is a collection of previously published essays. A moving and delightful read. Here are a few quotes. Donovan Hohn wrote: "We are born into stories already in progress - those our families tell or avoid telling; those recorded in history books and newspapers, or left out of them; those encrypted by biomes and geographies, even in our bodies." "Whether spectators or competitors, what else do we seek from sport, other than to slow time down and give it more discernible shape that is marked, say, by a starting line or a finish line, divided into laps, reducing history to moments because moments are easier to understand and abide?" "Clean water this coming century, creditable oracles predict, will become more valuable than oil, an accelerant to conflagration as well as conflagration's antidote." "All human lives of poignant when seen intimately but from a distance. This may help explain the widespread belief, contradicted by so much evidence, in a loving God."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ddoddmccue

    The Inner Coast is a beautifully written collection of essays. Even those topics I found less engaging at first read continue to intrigue. The title is clever, in light of the organization of topics. The inner coast initially suggests geography but encompasses individual quests and vulnerability as shaped by time. And all this heralded by a quote from the recently named 2020 Nobel Literature honoree at the start of this adventure. As in his earlier book Moby-Duck, Hohn proves captivating narrato The Inner Coast is a beautifully written collection of essays. Even those topics I found less engaging at first read continue to intrigue. The title is clever, in light of the organization of topics. The inner coast initially suggests geography but encompasses individual quests and vulnerability as shaped by time. And all this heralded by a quote from the recently named 2020 Nobel Literature honoree at the start of this adventure. As in his earlier book Moby-Duck, Hohn proves captivating narrator, a dogged researcher, and willingly shares his wonder, joy, pain, and hope. I look forward to his book- or essays.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Domina

    Donovan Hohn can write interestingly about anything, if these essays are any indication. I would never have thought I'd be gripped by an essay about antique wrenches, but I was. Looking forward now to picking up Moby-Duck and looking forward to whatever he writes next. Donovan Hohn can write interestingly about anything, if these essays are any indication. I would never have thought I'd be gripped by an essay about antique wrenches, but I was. Looking forward now to picking up Moby-Duck and looking forward to whatever he writes next.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John

    I enjoyed these essays on the author’s experiences in the American Midwest and growing up in California. Living in the midwest most of my life helped make these essays come to life. I was especially moved by his essays in his early childhood and his relationship with his mother.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sean Kottke

    Beautifully written essays, many about water.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Some essays were okay, some were great, a few not my cup of tea. I enjoy books like this because of the variety. Just because you don't enjoy one part doesn't mean the next one won't Wow you. Some essays were okay, some were great, a few not my cup of tea. I enjoy books like this because of the variety. Just because you don't enjoy one part doesn't mean the next one won't Wow you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This author can talk about the most mundane of topics and you just can’t put the book down.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Interesting for sure. I love the cover design.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Morris

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Harris

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amber Nicole

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jay Baden

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ty Fujimura

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dilara Alemdar

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andy Kristensen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erika M

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark Gilbert

  24. 5 out of 5

    Holly

  25. 4 out of 5

    joel

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tim Kowalsky

  27. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

  28. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lora Goldenberg

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chase

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