Prairie City, Iowa: Three Seasons at Home

Prairie City Iowa Three Seasons at Home Weary from the journalistic treadmill of going from one assignment to the next like an itinerant fieldworker moving to his harvests and healing from a divorce Douglas Bauer decided it was time to re

  • Title: Prairie City, Iowa: Three Seasons at Home
  • Author: Douglas Bauer
  • ISBN: 9780813813288
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • Weary from the journalistic treadmill of going from one assignment to the next, like an itinerant fieldworker moving to his harvests and healing from a divorce, Douglas Bauer decided it was time to return to his hometown Back in Prairie City, he helped on his father s farm, scooped grains at the Co op, and tended bar at the Cardinal The resultant memoir is a classic piWeary from the journalistic treadmill of going from one assignment to the next, like an itinerant fieldworker moving to his harvests and healing from a divorce, Douglas Bauer decided it was time to return to his hometown Back in Prairie City, he helped on his father s farm, scooped grains at the Co op, and tended bar at the Cardinal The resultant memoir is a classic picture of an adult experiencing one s childhood roots as a grown up and testing whether one can ever truly go home again Bauer grew up awkward with soil and with machines in a small town east of Des Moines, As a teenager, he left the farm for college life twenty miles away and, after graduation, took a job with Better Homes and Gardens in Des Moines, writing in the junk mail fictional persona of Barbara Joyce, asking millions of people to subscribe After a few years he moved to Chicago to work as an editor and writer for Playboy and eventually as a freelance journalist In the summer of 1975, he returned home to attend his grandmother s funeral and by autumn he moved back to Prairie City, where he stayed for the next three seasons Bauer s book is neither a wistful nostalgia about returning to a simpler time and place nor a patronizing look at those who never leave the town in which they were born What emerges is an unsentimental yet loving account of life in the Midwest Not just a portrait of Prairie City, Iowa, but of everyone s small town, everywhere.

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    1. I don't know if growing up in Iowa made this book more enjoyable, but it was very well written and a pleasure to read. The descriptions and anecdotes of farm and small town life are well chronicled through Bauer's prose and reflective style. I would read this book again.

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