Marie Harris recommends Pride & Splendor by Jean Pedrick.
"I'd like to recommend a book by my dear friend and one of the founders of Alice James Books, the late Jean Pedrick. Jean had a summer home in Brentwood, called Skimmilk Farm, where she wrote and presided over a weekly writing workshop for over 30 years. Many New Hampshire poets, myself included, grew and flourished in that warmth. It's the story of Pedrick's proud and splendid Grandma: her house, her garden; her agings and leavetakings; her safety and instruction, handed down. When the book appeared, Library Journal wrote: "...a voice to hearken to, a vision to share; turn these pages slowly, and delight." --Marie HarrisThe book is available from Alice James Books. Pedrick's archives, along with audio and video clips, reside at UNH
Marie Harris is a poet, essayist, editor and freelance writer. Her latest book is YOUR SUN, MANNY: A Prose Poem Memoir (Second edition with new Epilogue, 2010) and her essay, Walking Song appears in the current issue of Entelechy (NE College). She lives with her photographer husband, Charter Weeks, in Barrington. Ms. Harris is also a member of the Center for the Book Advisory Board.
This post is part of our celebration of National Poetry Month 2012 for which I asked New Hampshire poets and booksellers to recommend books of poetry by Granite State poets. These titles are generally available from local booksellers and may be held in public libraries as well.