Reviews and Citations

“An etymological wonderment.” The Names of Things
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William Safire  New York Times

“A work of sublime intelligence and importance” The Dawning Moon of the Mind
-Simon Winchester

“A riveting compendium of observations from a very curious, very interesting mind… [Morrow] manages paragraphs as poets manage line breaks.” Wolves and Honey
~Anthony Doerr  The Boston Globe

“In this lovely book, Susan Morrow takes you on a unique journey.” The Names of Things
~Fareed Zakaria

“Beautifully crafted  prose…One of those rare…books that mix a perfect combination of personal insight and historical depth.” Wolves and Honey
~USA Today

“Informative, perceptive, beautifully descriptive, Susan Morrow’s book is a delight.” The Names of Things
~Elie Wiesel

“Curious jewels pop up on every page of Susan Brind Morrow’s first book The Names of Things.”
~Pico Iyer, Time Magazine

“[Morrow]  casts an immediate spell upon anyone who cares for pure hard prose shot through with lyrical insights. Most writers describe the world with one, or possibly two senses. Morrow reacts with all five.”
– Edmund Morris, The Spectator

“A meditation on the outdoors that evokes ‘the smell of damp earth, the sweetness of maples and pines… as though it were freedom itself.’” Wolves and Honey
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The New Yorker

“A profound and profoundly inspiring book” The Dawning Moon of the Mind                                           –Verlyn Klinkenborg

“As she offers one stunning observation after another, Morrow executes wonderful modulations of tone and rhythm, evoking the sweep of sand and star, the flow of time.” The Names of Things
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Booklist

“Fortunate is the mind that finds… the passage of nature into language and language into self… That’s the enormous underpinning, I think, of Susan Brind Morrow’s captivating, lyrical, evocative memoir… transporting and quite beautiful. Of the many books I’ve read this year, [this] is the one which has moved, delighted, and inspired me most.”
~A Common Reader Book of the Year

Citations in Works of Literature:

Ellen Meloy, The Anthropology of Turquoise

Words begin as description. They are prismatic, vehicles of hidden, deeper shades of thought. You can hold them up at different angles until the light bursts through in an unexpected color. The word carries the living thing, concealed, across millennia.

~Susan Brind Morrow, The Names of Things

Mark Doty, Speaking in Figures

You could say that all language is metaphoric, since the word stands for the thing itself, something the word is not. In her evocative memoir, The Names of Things, Susan Brind Morrow points to the origins of letters in the observation of nature…To use words at all is to use them figuratively; we breathe metaphor, we swim in metaphor, we traffic in metaphor…

Campbell McGrath, Nights on Planet Earth

Heaven was originally precisely that: the starry sky, dating back to the earliest Egyptian texts… The Greek Elysian fields derive from the same celestial topography: the Egyptian “Field of Rushes,” the eastern stars at dawn where the soul goes to be purified. That there is another, mirror world, a world of light, and that this world is simply the sky—and a step further, the breath of the sky, the weather, the very air—is a formative belief of great antiquity that has continued to the present day with the godhead becoming brightness itself: dios/theos (Greek); deus/divine/Diana (Latin); devas (Sanskrit); daha (Arabic); day (English).

~Susan Brind Morrow, Wolves and Honey