Wish You Were Here: Love & Longing in an American Heartland

Truman State University Press
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Wish You Were Here offers a clear-eyed yet tender look at life in the modern Midwest from the perspective of a seventh-generation ruralite. Championing the romance of wide-open spaces in a rapidly urbanizing world, Zachary Michael Jack challenges the stereotypes of rural and small-town midwestern life in a well-grounded and deeply felt counter-narrative of love and longing sustained in communities where young and old alike plant roots. In essays whose settings encompass the diversity of the Heartland—from wooded hills to verdant croplands, from tightly knit small towns to booming suburbs—Jack considers how growing up country helped shape his life and the lives of his ancestors, inviting readers to reflect on the wellspring of connections between place and personality, demographics and destiny, at work in their own lives. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria}
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Zachary Michael Jack is an award-winning author and editor of many books on rural life. Twice nominated for the Theodore Saloutos Award for the year’s best book in agricultural history and a national runner-up in his class for Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, Jack teaches courses in writing, rural, and place studies at North Central College and is on the board of the Midwestern History Association. The author was raised on a heritage farm on land that has been in continuous family ownership since before the Civil War. His ongoing legacy on the land includes living in and operating farm homes in Iowa and Missouri, states his ancestors helped pioneer. Jack is the seventh generation in his family to make his home in the rural Midwest. 

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Truman State University Press
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Published on
Dec 28, 2016
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9781612481715
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Sociology / Rural
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