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One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter

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One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter describes Bair’s struggle for independence and acceptance within the male-dominated farming and ranching culture of her birth. As a portrait of one young woman’s coming of age, One Degree West is a stunning mosaic of shared history. Through the eyes of an observer as gifted as Julene Bair, the personal doubts and the cultura ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 15th 2000 by Mid-List Press
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Catherine
Julene Bair grew up on a farm in Kansas during the mid 20th century, the only girl in a family with two brothers. Her memoir focuses on the unspoken but nonnegotiable roles of women and men in that time and place. The book mostly consists of anecdotes from her childhood and adulthood that caused her to reject this path for herself, while coming to terms with the ways it worked for her parents. The pace is languid, and the memories are mostly nonlinear, which for me negatively impacted the flow. ...more
Kate Lawrence
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This first book by Bair is every bit as engaging as her subsequent Ogallala Road; the two books complement each other by telling different aspects of her life as a "plainsdaughter." I love the way she tells her story and, as an exact contemporary also growing up in Kansas, I can relate to that time when girls' and womens' lives were so circumscribed. I've known people just like the ones described, and am greatly impressed by her skill in bringing them to life on the page.
Mary Beth
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A collection of heartfelt essays about love, land, and love of the land. I read this a long time ago, but it still resonates with me.
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May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Thoughtful, elegant prose -- hoping for more from this writer.
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Julene Bair is the author of The Ogallala Road, A Memoir of Love and Reckoning (Viking Penguin 2014). Her first book, One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter, won Mid-List Press’s First Series Award and a WILLA Award from Women Writing the West. Bair’s essays have appeared in venues ranging from the New York Times to High Country News. A 2004 NEA fellow, she has taught at the University o ...more
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