"Thoreau, more than any other American writer, belongs to the world. But he also belongs, specially, to New England, for this was the landscape that shaped his thought and mood. Tom Slayton has done something difficult in this wonderful book: shed new light on old Henry David, and in charming, funny, thoughtful prose that the master himself would have enjoyed!"
Bill McKibben, author, educator, and environmentalist.
"This new book by Tom Slayton will be treasured by lovers of Thoreau and the
New England landscape. Slayton's is an unusually lucid and engaging voice,
allowing him to interweave a gripping, and sometimes amusing, personal
narrative, literary discussion of a highly discerning sort, and a
thoughtful reflection on the history and future prospects for conservation
in the Northeast. My future explorations both of Thoreau country and of its
literary expressions will certainly benefit from the vivid ways in which
Slayton has mapped them here."
John Elder, author and professor of English and Environmental Studies,
"Tom Slayton's Searching for Thoreau is the most personal, engaging, and
eloquent book I've ever read on New England's finest writer. By reading and
rereading Henry David Thoreau, and following in his footsteps from Cape Cod
to the deep Maine woods, Slayton has brought Thoreau's vision forward to the
twenty-first century in a unique, surprising, and unfailingly entertaining
literary memoir. I loved every page."
Howard Frank Mosher, author