Contemporary Books Discussion Group: This Blessed Earth

Event Type: Adult Programs
Date: 2/20/2019
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 2:30 PM
 Join us for a discussion of "This Blessed Earth" by Ted Genoways. The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, yet its future is in peril. Far from an isolated refuge beyond the reach of global events, the family farm is increasingly at the crossroads of emerging technologies and international detente. Ted Genoways explores this rapidly changing landscape of small, traditional farming operations, mapping as it unfolds day to day.

For forty years, Rick Hammond has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation farm. But as he prepares to hand off the operation to his daughter Meghan and her husband Kyle, their entire way of life is under siege. Confronted by rising corporate ownership, encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies, small farmers are often caught in the middle and fighting just to preserve their way of life. Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, This Blessed Earth is both a history of American agriculture and a portrait of one family’s struggle to hold on to their legacy.

This title is the 2019 joint selection by Iowa’s All Iowa Reads program and Nebraska’s One Book One Nebraska program to celebrate the combined Iowa and Nebraska Library Associations Conference in Omaha in the fall of 2019.

Location: Elizabeth R Malmros Room
Other Information:
 literature program
Contact: Courtney Mongiat
Contact Number: 563-344-5705