Prairie City, Iowa: Three Seasons at Home


Praise for Prairie City, Iowa: Three Seasons at Home


“Kindly, shrewd, and endlessly absorbing – this is as good as a book gets.”
Bill Bryson

“One of the finest books about place I know, this scrupulously observed, eloquently written, deeply humane,
and exemplary work of literary nonfiction captures the mystery of everyday life, in all its grievous darkness
and tenderness.”
Phillip Lopate

“Douglas Bauer, who writes in many genres – novels, stories, non-fiction books, articles— has in Prairie
City Iowa: Three 
Seasons at Home created a new genre, a memoir of a town;in this case a farming town.
Still in his twenties, after a stint in Chicago at Playboy, Bauer returned to the place of his birth in order to
write about it. But in order to write about it, he had to live in it, live within it, live inside it – any intimate
preposition will do – and this he did.”
Edith Pearlman, in Marginalia

“Stylistically, this book is a gem. The sentences I marked for possible use included practically half the book.”
Robert Boyd, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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