Books by Scott Russell Sanders

Scott Russell Sanders has received the Lannan Literary Award, among other prizes. His many books of essays include Writing from the Center, Staying Put, The Force of Spirit, Secrets of the Universe, and Hunting for Hope. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

DANCING IN DREAMTIME by Scott Russell Sanders
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Sanders is at his best when he leaves humor behind to tell stories with big ideas; fortunately, over half the stories here do so, despite a shaky start."
A short story collection wrestling with modern isolation and dystopic futures, from an author also known for nonfiction essays about conservation and nature. Read full book review >
A PRIVATE HISTORY OF AWE by Scott Russell Sanders
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"An eloquent exploration of life and love by a writer with a most inquiring mind and capacious heart."
A graceful memoir of a Midwestern life, with frequent leaps to stories about the author's granddaughter and mother, now suffering from Alzheimer's in a nursing home. Read full book review >
THE FORCE OF SPIRIT by Scott Russell Sanders
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Capably written but perfunctory pieces that will fail to please any but the most devoted readers."
Mixed essays on matters of life, death, and academia. Read full book review >
CRAWDAD CREEK by Scott Russell Sanders
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Evocative. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Sanders (A Place Called Freedom, 1997, etc.) describes, from season to season, the animals that live in and around a creek, as observed by Michael and Elizabeth. Read full book review >
HUNTING FOR HOPE by Scott Russell Sanders
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"But his amoral vision makes him a more cogent artist than teacher—except for die-hard Romantic readers."
A beautifully written tribute to natural beauty, addressed by a tree-hugging hippie dad to his Generation X son. Read full book review >
A PLACE CALLED FREEDOM by Scott Russell Sanders
Released: June 1, 1997

"Allen's trademark pastels are rendered in predominant smoky blues that provide powerful keyhole glimpses of family and farm set starkly against white canvas, accentuating the austerity of the days of frontier homesteading. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Setting his story during a time when antislavery sentiment was gaining momentum, Sanders (Here Comes the Mystery Man, 1993, etc.) tells the story of a Tennessee family of freed slaves who make their way north to begin a new life in Indiana. Read full book review >
WRITING FROM THE CENTER by Scott Russell Sanders
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Repetitive self-righteous indignation on behalf of the environment."
Heavy-handed preaching by a self-appointed guardian of traditional midwestern values and environmental concerns. Read full book review >
HERE COMES THE MYSTERY MAN by Scott Russell Sanders
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"A joyful evocation of a past when any visit was a special occasion, and steamboats were only a peddler's tale. (Picture book. 7-10)"
From the team that created Warm As Wool (1992), another happy episode in the pioneer Midwest. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"Graceful prose that comfortingly reaffirms the familiar without any shock of the new."
From Sanders (Literature/Indiana University; Secrets of the Universe, 1991, etc.): lessons on learning to be at home in a place, in a marriage, and in a house that are textually rich though not startling in their insights. Read full book review >
WARM AS WOOL by Scott Russell Sanders
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Based on a real frontier incident; attractive and authentic. (Picture book. 5-10)"
An Ohio family's successful effort to avoid another uncomfortable winter like their first, in 1803. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 5, 1991

"Shimmering with a kind of secular sacredness, Sanders's work is a modest but marvelous celebration of the small and large mysteries of life."
In these 15 earnest and ambitious essays (published in earlier form in Harper's, The Kenyon Review, etc.), Sanders (The Paradise of Bombs, 1987) looks for—and often finds—universal truths in the particulars of everyday life. Read full book review >