Morning Coffee at the Goldfish Pond: Seeing a World in the Garden
by David Zurick
Recipient of the 2017 Nautilus Silver Award: Books for a Better World, in the category of lyrical prose.
David Zurick, winner of the 2006 National Outdoor Book Award, recounts an event in his life that seems exceedingly uncomplicated: he builds a goldfish pond in his backyard. Yet, there is more to a goldfish pond than meets the eye. Zurick's compelling story travels the world, encompassing places of extraordinary beauty and rich cultural traditions, but the core of it is in Wolf Gap Holler, Kentucky, where he lives among hard-working and community-minded neighbors, cuts firewood to keep warm in the winter, and enjoys morning coffee by his goldfish pond . . . often with his neighbor George. Entertaining and informative, the book at first seems so simple that one barely notices its treatises on the sacred qualities of place, the contemplative virtues of nature, the dilemmas of sustainability, and the spiritual framework that undergirds life. Yet, this is what this book is about: a sacred and seamless landscape that extends from the highest mountain plateaus in Tibet to the deepest hollers of Kentucky.
NATURE / Ecology
ISBN: 978-1-947067-02-8 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
David Zurick travels often from his Wolf Gap home to photograph and write about distant places and cultures. He is the author of numerous books and maintains a photo blog called “Picture Pilgrim.”
"As the neighbor of a small pond myself, I found these meditations lovely in their simplicity. And—often the case with ponds—there's more depth there than you might think!"
"Morning Coffee at the Goldfish Pond," San Francisco Book Review, May 2018.
"An inherently interesting and entertaining read from beginning to end, Morning Coffee at the Goldfish Pond is unique, extraordinary, and unreservedly recommended for community library collections." Small Press Bookwatch, January 2018.
International traveler and award-winning outdoors writer finds wisdom in his backyard goldfish pond, July 24, 2017. [press release]
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