ThumbingThrough Thoreau: A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau Review

I am reviewing the Thumbing Through Thoreau eBook as part of the eBook blog tour for the Tribute Books release of Thumbing Through Thoreau compiled by Kenny Luck and illustrated by Jay Luke and Ren Adams.

This is a really neat collections of quotes from Thoreau. I saw several quotations that were familiar and quite a few that I didn’t remember.

One that I particularly liked is “A companion can posses no worse quality than vulgarity.”  Another that I really liked and don’t recall seeing before is “love and lust are as far asunder as a flower-garden is from a brothel.”

Every quote has a citation under it telling where the quote came from and each one is arranged with different sized fonts and shades of text so they look very nice.

Every page also has an illustration in black and white of something you would see in nature. Trees and water or stalks of grass of flowers. They are really nice. There were a couple that I thought would look really good on my living room wall.

The hardcover version would make a great book for the coffee table. Or a great reference for writers who like to include quotes. This book contains a lot of quotes. If you like Thoreau you will probably like this book…otherwise…maybe not.

Kenny Luck’s  Bio:

Kenny Luck is a graduate student at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from the same institution. He writes for The Weekender – an arts and entertainment weekly – and The Independent. He is currently working on his second book. He enjoys recording music, book browsing and travel.

You can find Kenny Luck on Facebook or follow @kjluck on Twitter.


Jay Luke’s Bio:

Jay Luke is a musician and artist from Throop, Pa. A graduate from Marywood University, Jay is very active in all things art, whether it be through painting, performing with his band, or through his day job as a graphic designer. As a project engineer of the Olyphant Coal Miner Memorial Association, he has delved deeply into the origins of the area and the forgotten histories of the towns around him.

Passionate about not letting future generations forget their local origins, he took on this project to reconnect readers to the past. As writer and poet Wendell Berry once said, “The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.”

You can visit Jay Luke on Facebook or follow @jay_luke on Twitter.


Photo of Ren Adams Ren Adams Bio:

Ren Adams is a professional artist and writer currently living in Albuquerque, N.M. The bulk of her work is done with traditional Chinese brush painting techniques, a centuries-old practice of using ground charcoal and water to create delicate worlds on paper. An ideal brush painting captures the spirit, or “Qi,” of the subject, not just what it looks like. Ren also teaches art & Eastern philosophy courses through the University of New Mexico Continuing Education department. She has been painting and sketching for over 20 years and is a southern California native.

You can “like” Ren Adams Art on Facebook or follow @plasticpumpkin  on Twitter.

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  1. I read Thoreau in high school but only came to really appreciate him in college and afterward. Everyone should re-read Walden as an adult.

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