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Eighty Acres: Elegy for a Family Farm (The Condord Library Series)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Jager, formerly a professor of philosophy at Yale, details the Michigan family farm that he grew up on in the 1930s.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 20th 1997 by Beacon Press (first published October 1990)
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Jim
Our early roots are in farm country. Dad didn't farm himself, but most of my uncles did. Even in moving West in 1962, Dad had a cousin he loved to visit in Ellensberg, Washington. The cousin lived on a farm. Ronald Jager grew up on a family eighty acre farm in Michigan. From what I've learned from the book so far, his experiences are pretty typical of my relatives.

Reading this book was much like sitting down with the author. He reports farm life and the nature of growing up in that kind of famil
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Scott DeVore
My rating might be purely nostalgic as this is about growing up in the Midwest farm country (specifically Michigan), but there is a subtle wit in the narration and storytelling. There isn't much action and nothing of note really happens. (They learn how to tap syrup out if a tree, if you find that sort of thing exciting). Yet, It's one of those where as soon as I finished a chapter I needed to start immediately on the next.
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Picked this book off my mom's bookshelf to read aloud to her. I didn't think I would enjoy it nearly as much as I did. The author's use of language sometimes brought me close to tears it is so beautiful.
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