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Author: Ted Genoways Narrator: Christopher Solimene Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781681688022
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The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for 40 years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm—and their entire way of life—are under siege.

Beyond the threat posed by rising corporate ownership of land and livestock, the Hammonds are confronted by encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, the fickle demands of the marketplace, and shifting trade policies.

Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, Ted Genoways explores the rapidly changing world of small, traditional farming operations. He creates a vivid and nuanced portrait of a radically new landscape and one family’s fight to preserve their legacy and the life they love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book is an invitation to all who care about family farmers―which after all is all of us, since we all eat!”

    Willie Nelson

  • “Everyone who eats in America should read this lyrical and often heartbreaking book about life on a modern American farm. It will change the way you look at what is on your plate.”

    Ruth Reichl, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

Ted Genoways is an award-winning poet, journalist, and editor. He is the author of two books of poems and books of nonfiction. He is also a contributing editor at Mother Jones and editor-at-large at OnEarth. His essays and poetry have appeared in the Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Harper’s, the New Republic, Outside, and the Washington Post Book World. He has wona National Press Club Award and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism and has received fellowships from the National Education Assocation and the Guggenheim Foundation. He edited the Virginia Quarterly Review from 2003 to 2012, during which time the magazine won six National Magazine Awards.

About the Narrator

Christopher Solimene approaches voice art with a lifetime of experience and passion as a director, producer, performer, and educator. Studying story during a recently earned master’s degree from Yale University, Chris appreciates the enriching qualities that story brings to enlightening each individual.