I highly recommend this book. The writing style is not perfect and occasionally is a bit repetitive, however the content is right on. I grew up just across the Mississippi River in Clayton County, IA which is as rural county as can be imagined. The conversations that the author transcribes and her analysis resonates as true to my experience growing up on a farm in a very rural area. I live now in South Dakota and the same themes and issues exist here as well. Resentment of "undeserving others receiving handouts from the government', slowly dying towns, people struggling to make a living, the Department of Natural Resources is unbelievably incompetent, no one listens nor understands what it is like to live in a truly rural area, and the government is the root of all evil. Almost the entire state of South Dakota and much of Iowa could be the location of the conversations. These themes ARE rural Midwestern and understanding what it is like in rural mid western area is not something that is good or bad, but it is the foundation to political choices. This book does a great job highlighting what it is like to "be rural".
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