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The Age of Loneliness

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Essays
Author 1
Laura Marris
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In this debut essay collection, Laura Marris reframes environmental degradation by setting aside the conventional, catastrophic framework of the Anthropocene in favor of that of the Eremocene, the age of loneliness, marked by the dramatic thinning of wildlife populations and by isolation between and among species. She asks: How do we add to archives of ecological memory? How can we notice and document what's missing in the landscapes closest to us?

Filled with equal parts alienation and wonder, each essay immerses readers in a different strange landscape of the Eremocene. Among them are the Buffalo airport with its snowy owls and the purgatories of commuter flights, layovers, and long-distance relationships; a life-size model city built solely for self-driving cars; the coasts of New England and the ever-evolving relationship between humans and horseshoe crabs; and the Connecticut woods Marris revisits for the first time after her father’s death, where she participates in the annual Christmas Bird Count and encounters presence and absence in turn.
 
Vivid, keenly observed, and driven by a lively and lyrical voice, The Age of Loneliness is a moving examination of the dangers of loneliness, the surprising histories of ecological loss, and the ways that community science—which relies on the embodied evidence of “ground truth”—can help us recognize, and maybe even recover, what we’ve learned to live without.

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$18.00
ISBN
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978-1-64445-294-3
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Paperback
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Pages
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208
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5.5 x 8.25
Keynote
A vital, intimate inquiry into the astonishing connections between personal and ecological loneliness

About the Author

Laura  Marris
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Laura Marris is a writer and translator. She is a MacDowell fellow and the recipient of a Silvers Grant for Work in Progress. She teaches creative writing at the University of Buffalo.
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Laura Marris reading and in conversation with Summer J. Hart about THE AGE OF LONELINESS at Fitz Books & Waffles

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Fitz Books & Waffles in Buffalo, NYview map
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Laura Marris reading and in conversation with Adam Dalva at Books Are Magic

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Books Are Magic (Montague Street) in Brooklyn, NYview map
LOCATION: Montague St. location of Books Are Magic (and livestreamed on YouTube). Click here for more details and to purchase tickets. Copies of The Age of Loneliness are available for purchase from Books Are Magic.

Laura Marris reading and in conversation with Ric Royer about THE AGE OF LONELINESS at The Book Corner

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The Book Corner in Niagara Falls, NYview map
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Laura Marris reading and in conversation with Jennifer Kabat & Hilary Plum about THE AGE OF LONELINESS at Loganberry Books

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Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, OHview map
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Laura Marris reading and in conversation with Daniel Borzutsky & Jennifer Kabat about THE AGE OF LONELINESS at Pilsen Community Books

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Pilsen Community Books in Chicago, ILview map
This event is free and open to the public. Click here for more details. Copies of The Age of Loneliness are available for sale from Pilsen Community Books.

Laura Marris reading and in conversation with Victoria Blanco, Kathryn Savage, & Moheb Soliman about THE AGE OF LONELINESS at Milkweed Books

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Open Book in Seattle, WAview map
LOCATION: Milkweed Books is on the ground floor of the Open Book building. Click here for more details.

Laura Marris reading and in conversation about THE AGE OF LONELINESS at Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library

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Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library in Branford, CTview map
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Laura Marris (THE AGE OF LONELINESS) and Sara Daniele Rivera (THE BLUE MIMES) reading and in conversation at House of Books

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House of Books in Kent, CTview map
This event is free and open to the public. Click here for more details. Copies of The Age of Loneliness and The Blue Mimes are available for purchase from House of Books.

Praise

  • “A satisfyingly complex and profound collection.”—Kirkus Reviews
  • The Age of Loneliness is a gorgeous, poignant guide to finding one another in a time of loss.”—Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts
  • The Age of Loneliness calls to us from our era of extinction like a bird we thought we had lost. Laura Marris is a prophet whose patient song calls us to attention, to mercy, and finally, to each other.”—Tomás Q. Morín
  • The Age of Loneliness is a stunning book. Both personal and planetary, roving in its intelligence and deeply rooted in its lyrical observation, Marris has managed that trickiest of feats: she brings the past into the present and reminds us that we’re not yet alone.”—Daegan Miller
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