A NATURE WRITER ON TRANSFORMATION
Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father by John T. Price. Boston & London: Shambala Publications, 2013. $14.95
I’d heard a lot about John Price before I met him because he was the much admired mentor of my friend and colleague, Jody Keisner, so I made a point of meeting him two years ago when he was a presenter at the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College. Our meeting was brief but warm, and I was moved by the beauty and sensitivity of the passages he read and how he talked about nature writing afterwards. Nature writing is Price’s primary oeuvre, but in Daddy Long Legs, he weaves nature and family together in a memoir that is funny, tender, candid, and profound.
The prairies and loess hills of Iowa, where John grew up constitute his particular place. He planned to leave this place until he fell in love with it as he drove across the state one summer during graduate school. It was then he decided he wanted to stay and make a difference by Read More