The Ogallala Road

The Ogallala Road

A Memoir of Love and Reckoning

Book - 2014
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"Julene Bair has inherited part of a farming empire and fallen in love with a rancher from Kansas's beautiful Smoky Valley. She means to create a family, provide her son with the father he longs for, and preserve the Bair farm for the next generation, honoring her own father's wish and commandment, 'Hang on to your land!' But part of her legacy is a share of the ecological harm the Bair Farm has done: each growing season her family--like other irrigators--pumps over two hundred million gallons out of the Ogallala aquifer. The rapidly disappearing aquifer is the sole source of water on the vast western plains, and her family's role in its depletion haunts her. As traditional ways of life collide with industrial realities, Bair must dramatically change course"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2014.
ISBN: 9780143127079
Branch Call Number: 630.973 BAI
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jul 28, 2014

A memoir about place (northwestern Kansas) that becomes a metaphor for the pull of family upbringing, ties, and land lust. Bair takes us on her journey from escaping the farm she grew up on to working the farm years later to selling the farm when her mother dies. Along the way she acquires several relationships, a son, and an love affair with writing. A must read read for anyone who loves the Great Plains.


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