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Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands

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Though he’d lived in Iowa all his life, the allure of the prairie had somehow eluded John Price—until, after a catastrophic flood, a brief glimpse of native wildlife suddenlybrought his surroundings home to him. Not Just Any Land is a memoir of Price’s rediscovery of his place in the American landscape and of his search for a new relationship to the life of the prairie—tha ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Bison Books (first published 2004)
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Patti
Mar 20, 2008 Patti rated it it was amazing
As I look forward to again attending The Prairie Festival at The Land again this year, I relished reading this book. It was fascinating reading the four authors' discussions of their work and their lives as they intersect their published writing.

This book also spoke to my interest in the Operation Migration project which is leading the way for the whooping cranes to again be wild and part of the land. John Price ponders and dissects the importance of place and the meaning of home and how we can
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David
May 31, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Price's sense of connection to the grasslands is infectious in this book. Maybe it's because I grew up in Nebraska, but I don't think it's just that...because I always lived in the city. I don't know if it's his thoughtful introspection, his detailed description, or how he works toward finding his own connection at the same time that he connects to others regarding their connection. Whatever it is, it works...and it works well. The end result is a rich and enjoyable book, something that the ...more
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Recommends it for: people interested in creative nonfiction
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My professor from UNO wrote this book. He offers insight into American's Grasslands and explores areas in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and South Dakota.
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Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1966, he attended the University of Iowa, where he earned his B.A. in Religion, M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing and Ph.D. in English. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and other recognitions, his nonfiction writing about nature, family, and spirit has appeared in many journals, magazines, newspapers, and anthologies including Orion, The ...more
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