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These contemplative essays, written for seekers and wanderers, explore the complexity of the scripture of place, the geography of the heart, the landscape of imagination, and the topography of memory. Thoughtful and rich in spirit, this book discusses a personal relationship to place and prayer. Dark, serious, joyful, and funny, it is a perfect companion on a trek through the woods or in the comfort of your own home.


Peter Anderson is an English professor and the recipient of the Academy of American Poets award. He is the author of First Church of Higher Elevations. He lives in Crestone, Colorado.


“Part cultural critic, part poet, part wanderer, Anderson is a funny, gentle guide, whether pondering the sorrows of loss, the joys of the seasons, or the cultural eccentricities of the modern day West.”  —Laura Pritchett, author, Hell’s Bottom, Colorado

 “Every page of this marvelous book includes some glimpse, some hint, some touch that makes me feel better about being alive.”  —William Pitt Root, author, White Boots“Reading through these pages, one feels they are on the road with Anderson, exploring the vast, beautiful, and empty corners of the American West. When I reached the end of this journey I wanted to start all over again.”  —Iver Arnegard, author, Whip & Spur“Anderson is a listener, a watcher. With humor and curiosity, he guides us through some of Colorado’s less-sung landscapes, leading us through the seasons, across the highways, and into the more ineffable journeys of aging, parenting, loss and the rewards of committing to one place.”  —Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, author, If You Listen“These essays have about them a writer’s wit, a poet’s eye and a good man’s heart. They take us on journeys where you can feel the red dirt on your skin, hear the whoosh of passing big rigs, and hear the earth as it turns, mile upon mile toward our various human destinations.”  —Aaron A. Abeyta, author, Rise, Do Not Be Afraid"Think a wider-ranging version of the philosophical, evocative fly-fishing literary classic, A River Runs Through It. Heading Home has the same kind of feel for land, people and places in the West. It is a powerful cocktail of evocative, beautiful prose that is not to be missed by any who appreciate a literary voice from this part of the country. It is award-quality writing that should please readers who appreciated A River Runs Through It. Yes, it's that good."  —Midwest Book Review