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Grass Roots: The Universe of Home

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  11 reviews
This book consists of 17 essays about living with the land and the importance of reinvigorating the values of rural life. The essays include personal reflections about growing up in rural Minnesota and opinions about the state of neglected rural towns and people.

The author grew up during the 1950s on an 80-acre farm that his family rented in Rosewood Township, Minnesota.
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Paperback, 212 pages
Published August 25th 1995 by Milkweed Editions
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John
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Probably Paul's best work.
Will
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First I have to ask a question: why is Gruchow not more widely read?

"The feel of the place brought back to me evenings when i wandered as a boy and marveled at everything, at the wideness of the sky, at the leaves of corn whispering in the breeze, at the ring of creamy light along the horizon after the sun had set and the colors of day had faded, at the emerging stars. it was then, as almost never since, that everything seemed possible."
The reader becomes aware, especially in the final
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rory
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What if one's life were not a commodity, not something to be bartered to the highest bidder, or made to order? What if one's life were governed by needs more fundamental than acceptance or admiration? What if one were simply to stay home and plant some manner of garden?

To plant a garden is to enter the continuum of time.
Amy
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Essays about growing up on an organic subsistence farm in Minnesota and what was lost when rural community succumbed to mechanization and Big Ag. This was written in 1995; since then there has indeed been a resurgence of interest in small scale agriculture and re-skilling such as the author called for.
Dave Richard
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read for Lit 200-Rural/Regional Exper.
Ken
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Compelling story of who we are and where we came from.
Ned
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Paul cooked the first hot meal (veggie lasagna) I ate after my first trip to the Boundary Waters in 1999. He was a great cook, great writer, and a great man.
Robert
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the better books of essays I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with.

Thanks, Paul.
Abigail (Abbe)
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this is my favorite book ever. and i miss paul terribly. he was such a wonderful teacher.
Christina Sanantonio
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful.
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