Stone Country, New Edition: Then And Now

Paperback | March 10, 2017

byScott Russell SandersPhotographed byJeffrey A. Wolin

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Quarrying, cutting, and carving limestone has provided work for thousands of people in Indiana for nearly two centuries. Along highways and backroads, the brawny machinery these workers use to finesse the stone, the humpbacked mills where they shape it, and the rails and roads where they ship it dot the landscape. In this new edition of Stone Country, Scott Russell Sanders and Jeffrey A. Wolin talk with the stone workers, explore the quarries and mills, and trample along creeks and railroad spurs uncovering the history of the industry and the people who built it. These new stories and photographs are a biography, not of a person-although it is filled with many portraits of individuals-but of a place. It is an up-close look at a singular point on the planet where the miracles of geology have yielded a special kind of stone, and where landscape, towns, and the people themselves bear its mark.

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Quarrying, cutting, and carving limestone has provided work for thousands of people in Indiana for nearly two centuries. Along highways and backroads, the brawny machinery these workers use to finesse the stone, the humpbacked mills where they shape it, and the rails and roads where they ship it dot the landscape. In this new edition o...

Scott Russell Sanders is the author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including Hunting for Hope, Earth Works (IUP, 2012), Dancing in Dreamtime (IUP, 2016), and Divine Animal. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, and fellowsh...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 9 × 10 × 0.68 inPublished:March 10, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253024528

ISBN - 13:9780253024527

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Revisiting Stone Country
1. Hunting for What Endures
2. Bones and Shells
3. Digging
First Update
4. Doorways into the Depths
5. A Veteran
6. Poison
Second Update
7. The Men in the Trenches
8. Cutting
9. Three Carvers
Third Update
10. Truth on the Back Roads
11. Stone Towns and the Country Between
12. The Shape of Things to Come
Fourth Update
Epilogue: In Praise of Limestone

Editorial Reviews

"Two decades ago I discovered Scott Sanders' writing and since then I've known true envy. Like all his works, [this book] is that rarest of gifts for a reader-a book that listens to and learns from every form of life around us, a hymn to our humanity writ in stone." -Charles Johnson, author of The Middle Passage, recipient of the National Book Award for Fiction, reviewing a previous edition or volume