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Where Yet the Sweet Birds Sing
Richard Quinney

“No matter how much—and how far—I have removed myself from the farm, I return repeatedly out of great need. To know my father—to know myself. To respect us both.” —excerpt from Where Yet the Sweet Birds Sing

Where Yet the Sweet Birds Sing is a chronicle in the tradition of the nature essay and the spiritual journey. Over the course of a year, Richard Quinney kept a journal and took photographs of the passing seasons on his family farm in Walworth County, Wisconsin. Quinney, recently retired from a lifetime of university teaching, was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and by year’s end was moving from one place to another. The family farm provided peace and solace, a reminder of times past, and a revelation of the wonders of the present.

Portrait of author Richard Quinney deep in thoughtRichard Quinney is the author of several books that combine autobiographical writing and photography, including Journey to a Far Place, For the Time Being, Borderland, and Where Yet the Sweet Birds Sing. His other books are in the academic field of sociology. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and on the family farm in Walworth County in southern Wisconsin.

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the cover of Where Yet the Sweet Birds Sing is blue, with an inset photo of a Wisconsin farm.

Fall 2008

LC: 2005904608 PS
188 pp. 5 x 7 1/2  
12 b/w photos

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Cloth $24.00 t
ISBN 978-0-9768781-0-0
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