A Tramp's Wallet

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Mercer University Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 276 pages
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In A Tramp's Wallet, Sam Pickering spends six months roaming Australia and New Zealand, tramping landscapes pocked by sheep stations, mountains rip-rapped by scree, art galleries and bakeries, and always libraries. Pickering lectures on a cruise ship, travels the Murray River on a paddle wheeler, and rides the train from Sydney to Perth.

The saunterings of one of America's best and most popular essayists stretch the seams of A Tramp's Wallet, the coins of the page being six months spent alone in Australia and New Zealand. Far from the hoes and saws that prune days into convention, life flourishes, and this book is weedy and rankly rich with thought and description. "Lord," St. Odo of Cluny said on his deathbed, "I have loved the beauty of thy house." In A Tramp's Wallet, Sam Pickering records his love of that house, and, if truth must out, his love for a few neglected out buildings barns and backhouses, even the ramshakled huts of thought.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Outward Bound
8
Riding the Rails26
26
St Georges38
38
The Low Shoulder of February
47
Trifles53
53
Bookstore
55
Uptown61
61
Resort137
137
Return
160
Lantern
166
The End of April
172
Zoos177
177
Pattern
182
Field Days188
188
Wogarno
194

Down South66
66
Incongruous
95
A Day at Gong Gong 111
111
Karrakatta
117
Solitude129
129
Wallet226
226
Adelaide231
231
Murray River247
247
Afterword
270
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About the author (2011)

A native of Nashville, Sam Pickering is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut & author of eleven previous books of essays. His most recent collections are Living to Prowl, Deprived of Unhappiness, & A Little Fling & Other Essays.

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