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Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate Collection

Here is a list of the best Wendell Berry books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture (2015)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionSince its publication in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural and spiritual discipline. Today’s agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a nation are more estranged from the land―from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry (2019)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn a time when our relationship to the natural world is ruled by the violence and greed of unbridled consumerism, Wendell Berry speaks out in these prescient essays, drawn from his fifty-year campaign on behalf of American lands and communities.
Author(s): Wendell Berry, Paul Kingsnorth

Jayber Crow (2001)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate Collection“This is a book about Heaven,” says Jayber Crow, “but I must say too that . . . I have wondered sometimes if it would not finally turn out to be a book about Hell.” It is 1932 and he has returned to his native Port William to become the town’s barber. Orphaned at age ten, Jayber Crow’s acquaintance with loneliness and want have made him a patient observer of the human animal, in both its goodness and frailty. He began his search as a “pre-ministerial student” at Pigeonville College.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

The Peace of Wild Things: And Other Poems ()

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionI come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. The poems of Wendell Berry invite us to stop, to think, to see the world around us, and to savour what is good.
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This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems (2014)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionWendell Berry’s Sabbath Poems are filled with spiritual longing and political extremity, memorials and celebrations, elegies and lyrics, alongside the occasional rants of the Mad Farmer, pushed to the edge yet again by his compatriots and elected officials. With the publication of this new complete edition, it has become increasingly clear that the Sabbath Poems have become the very heart of Berry’s work.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

What Are People For?: Essays (2010)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionRanging from America’s insatiable consumerism and household economies to literary subjects and America’s attitude toward waste, here Berry gracefully navigates from one topic to the next. He speaks candidly about the ills plaguing America and the growing gap between people and the land. Despite the somber nature of these essays, Berry’s voice and prose provide an underlying sense of faith and hope.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

Hannah Coulter (2005)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionHannah Coulter is Wendell Berry’s seventh novel and his first to employ the voice of a woman character in its telling. Hannah, the now-elderly narrator, recounts the love she has for the land and for her community.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

A Place on Earth: A Novel (2001)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionPublished in 1967, we return to Port William during the Second World War to revisit Jayber Crow, the barber, Uncle Stanley, the gravedigger, Jarrat and Burley, the sharecroppers, and Brother Preston, the preacher, as well as Mat Feltner, his wife Margaret, and his daughter-in-law Hannah, whose son will be born after news comes that Hannah’s husband Virgil is missing.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry (1999)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe Selected Poems of Wendell Berry gathers one hundred poems written between 1957 and 1996. Chosen by the author, these pieces have been selected from each of nine previously published collections. The rich work in this volume reflects the development of Berry’s poetic sensibility over four decades.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

The Memory of Old Jack (Port William) (1999)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionOld Jack, born just after the American Civil War and dying in contemporary times, spends one beautiful September day in Port William, his home since birth, remembering.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

The Art of Loading Brush: New Agrarian Writings (2019)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionWendell Berry’s profound critique of American culture has entered its sixth decade, and in this gathering he reaches with deep devotion toward a long view of agrarian philosophy. The Art of Loading Brush is an energetic mix of essays, stories, and a poem, which explore agrarian ideals as they present themselves historically and as they might apply to our work today.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

Nathan Coulter: A Novel (Port William) (2008)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhen young Nathan loses his grandfather, Berry guides readers through the process of Nathan’s grief, endearing the reader to the simple humanity through which Nathan views the world.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

Farming: A Hand Book (2011)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe sanity and eloquence of these poems spring from the land in Kentucky where Wendell Berry was born, married, lives, farms, and writes.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

That Distant Land: The Collected Stories (Port William) (2005)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionOriginally published in 2005, That Distant Land brings together twenty-three stories from the Port William Membership. Arranged in their fictional chronology, the book is not an anthology so much as it is a coherent temporal mapping of this landscape over time, revealing Berry’s mastery of decades of the life lived alongside this clutch of interrelated characters bound by affection and followed over generations.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

Life Is a Miracle: An Modern Superstition (2001)

 Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn Life Is a Miracle, the devotion of science to the quantitative and reductionist world is measured against the mysterious, qualitative suggestions of religion and art. Berry sees life as the collision of these separate forces, but without all three in the mix we are left at sea in the world.
Author(s): Wendell Berry

Best Wendell Berry Books: The Ultimate Collection

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Wendell Berry: Essays, 1993–2017

Author(s): Wendell Berry; Jack Shoemaker
ID: 2393172, Publisher: Library of America, Year: 21 May 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

The Need to Be Whole: Patriotism and the History of Prejudice

Author(s): Wendell Berry
ID: 3519621, Publisher: Shoemaker + Company, Year: 2022, Size: 612 Kb, Format: epub

Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer

Author(s): Wendell Berry
ID: 2976423, Publisher: Catapult, Year: 2020, Size: 454 Kb, Format: epub

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