The Immense Journey coming soon

Many Loren Eiseley fans first became acquainted with the naturalist and philosopher's writings through his iconic first book, The Immense Journey, first published in 1957. It is a fascinating book and helped established Eiseley's national reputation as a profound thinker and "modern shaman." 


Deb Derrick, a longtime member and former secretary of the Loren Eiseley Society, wrote a review of The Immense Journey. Here, to me, is one of her best descriptions of Eiseley and this first work:


Like the narrator of a play who observes the drama unfold from the sidelines, Eiseley observes the story of life unfolding throughout history, recounting some of it to us in his own story. "Forward and backward I have gone, and for me it has been an immense journey" (13). By the time we read these words we have come to realize that Eiseley is not just talking about his own life's journey. Eiseley's narrator is metaphor for the journey of all humankind through the vast dimension of time and space—a journey filled with perplexity, delight, and impermanence. Eiseley might refute that, if he were alive today. He claims he does not pretend to speak for anyone but himself.


Nebraska Book Source will be offering The Immense Journey for sale in the next few weeks, adding to our Eiseley collection. We hope you enjoy the read.



Holiday delivery

Given the holidays, we want you to be aware that orders placed after 3 p.m. central, December 13, may not make it in time for Christmas. We'll process orders as quickly as possible, but after 3 p.m. today we can't guarantee delivery before December 22.

Out of the office in October

We will be out of the office and unable to process orders between October 1 and October 12, so please have patience if you place your order during those dates.

Eiseley fans, rejoice

If you are a fan of the writings of Loren Eiseley, the noted nature writer, philosopher, and anthropologist, then you may enjoy the new book coming out this spring from the University of Nebraska Press, Artifacts and Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley. From the book's description: 

A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Eiseley was a professor of anthropology and a prolific writer and poet who worked to bring an understanding of science to the general public, incorporating religion, philosophy, and science into his explorations of the human mind and the passage of time.
As a writer who bridged the sciences and the humanities, Eiseley is a challenge for scholars locked into rigid discplinary boundaries. "Artifacts and Illuminations," the first full-length collection of critical essays on the writing of Eiseley, situates his work in the genres of creative nonfiction and nature writing. The contributing scholars apply a variety of critical approaches, including ecocriticism and place-oriented studies ranging across prairie, urban, and international contexts. Contributors explore such diverse topics as Eiseley's use of anthropomorphism and Jungian concepts and examine how his work was informed by synecdoche. Long overdue, this collection demonstrates Eiseley's continuing relevance as both a skilled literary craftsman and a profound thinker about the human place in the natural world.

Having recently seen a presentation on the book, I'm very interested in reading this scholarly examination of Eiseley the writer.

Nebraska Book Source also carries other titles either by or related to Eiseley. Take a look under the Science & Nature or the Biography & Autobiography collections—or search for "Eiseley" in our search box.

Preorders available for "A History of the World"

For readers interested in history, Donn H. Crilly's A History of the World is an excellent gift. The 1,086-page hardcover book providers the history buff with an overview of history from a scientific perspective, beginning with humankind's first experiences and ending with the events of 1945, with some commentary on the current state of the world. 

Officially available on Saturday, December 10, books will ship that day for orders placed prior to 10 a.m. central. We will have the book available for preorders here on Nebraska Book Source later today.

Remember, it takes eight to twelve business days for USPS Media Mail; most orders should arrive by December 23 that are shipped that Saturday, but because of the post office's policy and the amount of mail around the holidays, orders may arrive after Christmas. If we could, we would send books sooner, but we need to abide by the publisher's publication date.