The Heart of Things
In this remarkable book of days, John Hildebrand charts the overlapping rings-home, town, countryside-of life n the Midwest. Like E. B. White, Hildebrand locates the humor and drama in ordinary life: church suppers, Friday night football, outdoor weddings, garden compost, family reunions, roadside memorials, camouflage clothing. In these wry, sharply observed essays, the Midwest isn't The Land Time Forgot but a more complicated (and vastly more interesting) place where the good life awaits once we figure exactly out what it means. From his home range in northwestern Wisconsin, Hildebrand attempts to do just that by boiling down a calendar year to its rich marrow-weather, animals, family, home-in other words, all the things that matter. John Hildebrand is the author of Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon, Mapping the Farm: A Family Chronicle, and A Northern Front: New & Selected Essays, and his articles and essays have appeared in Harper's magazine, Audubon, Sports Illustrated, Outside, and The Missouri Review. He has been awarded a Minnesota Book Award, Banta Award from the WIsconsin Library Association, BZush Fellowship, Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, and a Friends of American Libraries Award. He is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.