From a patch of land in southern Indiana has come the stone for many of the country's most famous buildings, including the Washington Cathedral, the Pentagon, the Empire State Building, and Chicago's Tribune Tower. If you live anywhere within the lower forty-eight states you probably live within walking distance of library, bank, monument, church, house or skyscraper built with Indiana limestone. "In Limestone Country"is the story of the stone, from its geologic origins through its mining history to the present. Sanders records the folklore, the craft, the distinct culture that has grown up around Indiana limestone. Above all we hear the voices of those who have worked all their lives in the quarries and mills: "I oughn't be telling you all this" says a former cutter, "but its only the truth.
About the Author
Scott Russell Sanders is the author of more than twenty books are novels, collections of stories, and works of personal nonfiction, including Staying Put, Writing from the Center, and Hunting for Hope. His latest books are A Private History of Awe, a coming-of-age memoir, love story, and spiritual testament, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and A Conservationist Manifesto, his vision of a shift from a culture of consumption to a culture of caretaking. His selected essays, drawn from three decades of writing, will be published in a volume entitled Earth Works in January 2012 by Indiana University Press. Sanders has received the Lannan Literary "
'A thoughtful and fine local geography. Scott Sanders, judging little and settling forth much, gives us texture and depth in southern Indiana, a place that's dressed a phenomenal number of the nation's enduring buildings.' -Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men