Seeds by Richard Horan
One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton (P.S.)

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"Seeds reads like the best of a roundtable discussion amongst John Muir, Bill Bryson, and David Sedaris. From the fields of Gettysburg to the home of Kerouac, Horan takes an unlikely premise and weaves it into a story that's poignant, insightful and unexpectedly humorous. This is more than a book about seeds—it's about literary heroes, forensic forestry, and self-discovery." —Spike Carlsen, author of A Splintered History of Wood

The Orchid Thief meets Botany of Desire meets Driving Einstein's Brain in Richard Horan's Seeds, the chronicle of one man's quest to understand the influence and impact of trees in American life and literature—and his mission to collect seeds from the homes of Kerouac, Welty, Wharton, Kesey and twenty other authors, to preserve the literary legacy of American forests for generations to come.

 

About Richard Horan

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Richard Horan is a novelist, English teacher, and book reviewer for several national publications. His novel Goose Music was a finalist for the Great Lakes Fiction Award and won the ForeWord Book of the Year Bronze Medal. He is also the author of Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton. He lives in Oswego, NY.
 
Published April 19, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 384 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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After reading that Horan gets a “lump in my throat,” sees a “face lit up like a Christmas tree” and experiences a “magical moment,” readers may wish that he had learned more about fresh language from those graceful writers whose trees he adores.

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Though the repetitive, sometimes sweeping pattern of traveling, researching, gathering, and briefly recounting tidbits may not awaken new interest in the chosen authors' lives, and though tepid reflections ("Edith Wharton was filthy rich, and she sure could write one hell of a story";

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In Seeds, Richard Horan explores the lives of some of the most influential Americans as he travels across the country, gathering seeds from “witness trees:” trees that influenced the lives of these (mainly literary) greats.

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Horan writes, early on: “My cockamamie scheme, to restate it loosely, was this: I would go around the country collecting tree seeds at the homes of famous peoples I admired, grow them into saplings, then buy a cheap parcel of land and plant them there.” He continues, “If all went well, in a few y...

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The New York Review of Books

“It is, of course, common to consider authors’ houses haunted, and Poe’s houses most of all.

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