"The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love" a new book about Wendell Berry's work by Fritz Oehlschlaeger of Virginia Tech is now available at Powell's Books, Amazon, and perhaps your local independent bookstore.
"The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love is a nearly comprehensive engagement with the work of Wendell Berry, who is without question one of America's most important contemporary writers. This book will remain a significant contribution to scholarship on Berry for some time to come." -- Joel James Shuman, editor of Wendell Berry and Religion and Associate Professor and Chair of Theology at King's College"
""This is a gentle book about a gentle man. A damning description for those who assume gentleness has no political implications. Oehlschlager, however, shows that the interconnection between Berry's poems, novels, and essays helps us see how gentleness is the decisive challenge to the world created by human hubris. This is an invaluable book to those who know Berry's work well and to those who do not." -- Stanley Hauerwas, author of Hannah's Child: A Theologican's Memoir
"Adopting Wendell Berry's own practice of exploring ideas through significant works of literature, Oehlschlaeger offers a deeply insightful treatment of Berry's major themes and genres, thus making his own distinctive, nuanced contribution to the agrarian conversation about living in good faith, in our places and with our neighbors."--Ellen F. Davis, author of Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible