Real Farm

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On the surface, Real-Farm looks like one of many similar books - a city-bred, academic couple, full of illusions, buy a farm in Iowa, only to find that reality is far from what they imagined. In the end, however, Real-Farm goes beyond a description of the trials and tribulations of farm life to become a philosophical exploration of ways of perception, grounded in daily details that are immediately accessible. What can we learn about marriage by watching geese? What is a bull snake and does one's perception change if the bull snake is in the woods or in one's basement? How many ways can one measure a tornado? Patricia Westfall is an inquisitive person who has a talent for relaying the information she digs up (sometimes literally). In Real-Farm she writes about the history of windmills, the mythology of snakes, and the development of corn; she explains how to drill a well and what time means to different cultures around the world. While the abstract nature of much of this information could distance her from us and her surroundings, her writing is personal and concrete. In her hands metaphysics, weed control technology, and little red refrigerators are all equally understandable, interesting, and real. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Erica Bauermeister

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