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Amber Waves and Undertow: Peril, Hope, Sweat, and Downright Nonchalance in Dry Wheat Country

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Adams County, Washington, is home to farmlands on the Columbia Plateau that produce more crops than might be expected of its semiarid soils. But while unique in its geography and history, it also faces many of the problems confronting farmers throughout rural America.

Seasoned journalist Steve Turner, having spent time in Adams County as a young harvest hand, returned to the region to portray farm life and history in a land where change is a subtle but powerful constant. Amber Waves and Undertow interweaves family narratives, historical episodes, and Turner’s own experiences to illuminate the transformation of rural America from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.

Whether distilling the lore of wheat and potato agriculture or describing action at a combine demolition derby, Turner celebrates both the usual and the unusual among the local residents. He blends stories of pioneer settlers with vignettes of present-day life, introducing readers to the characters—the hardworking and the eccentric, the old-timers and the Latino newcomers—who populate this corner of America.

In the mode of John McPhee and Wendell Berry, Turner’s lyrical prose conveys his affection for both the land and its inhabitants. Amber Waves and Undertow is a thoughtful depiction of an exceptional place that puts the difficulties of individual farmers in national and global contexts, showing us that only by understanding the past of rural America can we confront its future challenges.

 

Book News Annotation:

Interweaving stories of pioneer settlers, conservative old-timers, and Hispanic and other newcomers with his past experience as a harvest hand in Adams County, Washington, a journalist provides a lyrical, sympathetic perspective on the socioeconomic and environmental challenges being faced by farmers in rural America. The book includes hand-drawn maps of Adams County and the Columbia Basin dry wheat-growing region. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Meditations on the transformation of rural America

Synopsis:

Adams County, Washington, is home to farmlands on the Columbia Plateau that produce more crops than might be expected of its semiarid soils. But while unique in its geography and history, it also faces many of the problems confronting farmers throughout rural America. Seasoned journalist Steve Turner, having spent time in Adams County as a young harvest hand, returned to the region to portray farm life and history in a land where change is a subtle but powerful constant.

About the Author

Steve Turner has written feature articles for the Boston Globe, Le Figaro, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Examiner, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Year Books of the Colliers and Encarta encyclopedias among many others. He currently resides in Santa Cruz, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806140056
Author:
Turner, Steve
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Pioneers
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Agriculture - Sustainable Agriculture
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Adams County (Wash.) -
Subject:
Farm life - Washington (State) - Adams County
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Pacific Northwest
Subject:
Regional Studies
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.30x5.40x.70 in. .65 lbs.

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Adams County, Washington, is home to farmlands on the Columbia Plateau that produce more crops than might be expected of its semiarid soils. But while unique in its geography and history, it also faces many of the problems confronting farmers throughout rural America. Seasoned journalist Steve Turner, having spent time in Adams County as a young harvest hand, returned to the region to portray farm life and history in a land where change is a subtle but powerful constant.
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