Books by Erik Reece

Erik Reece was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and teaches English and writing at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. His work appears in Harper's and the Oxford American, among other places.

Released: March 14, 2017

"Reece's insightful, witty, and reflective essays offer up new ways of thinking about spirituality, culture, and the environment."
Religion, ecology, literature, family, and ideas all commingle in this collection. Read full book review >
UTOPIA DRIVE by Erik Reece
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Compelling narratives with a personal voice, with some utopian political bite."
A journalist and author drives his truck around the East visiting utopian communities—past and present—and concludes we need to think more like those folks. Read full book review >
Released: April 2, 2009

"Uplifting, heretical or irrelevant, depending on the reader's religious beliefs."
Reece (Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness, 2006) identifies and advocates a strain of American spirituality that values the philosophical wisdom of Jesus over his function as a savior. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 2, 2006

"A portrait of coal country as stark and galvanizing as Harry Caudill's classic Night Comes to the Cumberland (1962). "
Reece (English/Univ. of Kentucky) spent 2003-04 closely observing the sickly, strip-mined reaches of a mountain in Kentucky's Appalachia; his book stands witness to its devouring. Read full book review >