cover image Seasons at Eagle Pond

Seasons at Eagle Pond

Donald Hall. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), $24 (86pp) ISBN 978-0-89919-542-1

In celebration of New England and the seasons, the poet laureate of New Hampshire records his love of place. The place is a 180-year-old farmland, Eagle Pond, the home of Hall's grandparents and now his home. ""There's no reason to live here except for love,'' writes Hall as he describes the sight of huge Holsteins frolicking or, when impatient for the arrival of spring, he suggests pushing winter ``off to a condominium in the keys of Antarctica.'' This collection of four essays by a close observer of the natural world is a blend of reminiscences, anecdotes and vignettes that capture continuity of family and the quiet delights of rural life in each season. Hall is the author of String Too Short to Be Saved and Fathers Playing Catch With Sons. (November 3)