Sam Pickering

Sam Pickering, best known as the model for the teacher in the film Dead Poets Society, is professor of English at the University of Connecticut and the author of numerous books of scholarship and creative nonfiction.

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In this, his tenth book of essays, renowned raconteur Sam Pickering wanders from Nova Scotia to Tennessee, from a middle school athletic field to an English department. He tells stories about people named Googoo and Loppie. He examines trees and flowers. He watches a daughter play soccer and a son row. He attends funerals and remembers the past and imagines the future. His is the ordinary world observed closely. But reading Pickering makes life blossom.

“Reading Pickering… is like taking a walk with your oldest, wittiest friend.”

Smithsonian Magazine