Distance and Direction


Judith Kitchen’s essays are lyrical and affecting meditations on place—those places to which we go back and the bittersweet ones to which we can never return. Blended with intelligent speculation on national history and literacy legacy, these exquisite pieces contain tender and lucidly detailed homages to Fred Astaire’s hands, Kitchen’s aging father, the color blue, and familiar and dreamed-about places.


Praise for Distance and Direction…

“These lovely pieces flow like reveries (as, indeed, quite a few of them are) and reveal in virtually every case Kitchen’s capacious heart. Like thoughts, the essays do no always end where they began and often establish surprising connections and uncover buried treasure…’Some books are better than others,’ she declares. This is one of the former.”

—Kirkus Review