Publication date: 2003
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Finding Higher Ground
A Life of Travels
Essayist Catharine Savage Brosman explores the relationship of human beings to their environment, traveling from American deserts to dense European urban settings. Whether sipping wine in a Parisian café, partying with the jet set in Aspen, or contemplating the arid desert West that she loves, Brosman inhabits these settings, and many others, with a sense of adventure and discovery. To read these essays is to enjoy the company of a lively, thoughtful, original mind. Brosman’s "higher ground" is that place we all seek, where we can find and express our own best selves.
This work is at the top of the genre as Catharine Savage Brosman weaves her ideas and views into those of philosophers and literary figures, drawing on her stupendous, encyclopedic knowledge of all literature from the ancient world to the present. Jamie H. Cockfield, Willis Borders Glover Professor of History, Mercer University
Brosman widens the travel narrative in ways that are evocative of the best of Jan Morris, who sees nature and culture in one sweeping glance
Brosman has a wonderful sense of place; she can visualize the desert, the mountains, and the swamps of her travels with a sharp, clear style. She is equally at home in the busiest cities in the world and captures their essence well. She is not simply a travel writer; she is a memoirist who brings her readers with her when she travels. -Mary A. McCay, New Orleans Times, 2003.
Finding Higher Ground once again displays Catharine Savage Brosmans splendid sense of place, her ability to let us see and feel the natural, cultural, imaginary, and literary places that have captivated her wandering soul. Written from the watershed of her recent retirement, these essays, autobiographical and often confessional, constitute a revisiting of places saturated with memories of her lost parents. They are moving, multilayered, often troubling and contrarian, but, in the main, words of courtesy, good sense, and reconciliation, felicitously woven together to display the intellectual and affective life of their author. Patrick Henry, Cushing Eells Professor of Philosophy and Literature, Whitman College