A Sense of Wonder


In response to requests from hundreds of devoted readers, this companion volume to A Place Called Home contains additional essays written over the past three decades.


Share the author’s excitement as he examines the intricacies of tracks found on sand roads, reflects on the sudden loss of serenity in the wake of felling a large red oak, delights in the abundance of mouth-watering food produced by the family garden, and marvels at the boyhood memory of sitting at a country railroad station with his beloved uncle Henry watching a steam locomotive roll into view.

In the words of Robert Shaw, manager emeritus of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, Nagel’s work “comes straight from the heart.”

  • Your long-awaited book has arrived and what a joy it is!Your long-awaited book has arrived and what a joy it is!Mary Agnes M. - Edina, MN

    "Your long-awaited book has arrived and what a joy it is! Each evening l read three or four chapters and then probably start again. Thank you so much for writing it and especially thank you for sending Al and me an autographed copy. I've ordered several more for family and friends."

  • Thank you!Thank you!Carrie H. - Bloomington, MN

    "I began reading your book the day it arrived. Not only do I enjoy and appreciate your writing but I so admire your appreciation for nature and ability to truly see the tiniest essence of our world. One of my very favorite books of all time that had the same meaning for me was Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. There were times when her words would ground me, and now I have A Sense of Wonder. Thank you!"

  • Minnesota blissMinnesota blissLaurie via Amazon

    I lived in Craig's neck of the woods for 20 years. It's very comforting to read his stories about northern MN country life. His musings about the North woods and lakes and the adventures and discoveries to be found there, are wonderful. His love of life, and nature, nurture my currently "citified" spirit. They are a gift, even if they make me homesick. Keep shoveling, planting, hiking, enjoying and WRITING Craig!

  • And contemplation of love and lossAnd contemplation of love and lossBill Friesema via Amazon

    Craig Nagel has selected a most pleasurable collection of his columns depicting the natural pleasures of life in rural Minnesota, of days gone by and wonders of the seasons, and contemplation of love and loss. I especially enjoyed his explorations of the connectedness and inter-dependencies of life with fellow humans and other critters. "A Sense of Wonder" is an apt name for this fine group of essays.

  • Superb and heart warming!Superb and heart warming!Diane F. via Amazon

    This was a wonderful book! I always read before going to sleep, and this was the perfect book. Loved all the short stories about wildlife, nature, and memories... This is a great read if you want to relax and laugh here and there-a great feel good book! Craig Nagel has a great sense of humor, I loved all of his stories. This is my second order for a friend. I would definitely read another book from this author.

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