The Ogallala Road: A Story of Love, Family, and the Fight to Keep the Great Plains from Running Dry (Paperback)
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"A moving story of love and loss, denial and reckoning, and the emergence of a new kind of hope." --Ruth Ozeki When Julene Bair inherits part of a large farm on the High Plains of Kansas, she intends to honor her father's commandment, "Hang on to your land " But she learns some troubling facts about the ecological harm done by farms like hers, which depend on water pumped from the rapidly depleting Ogallala Aquifer. A single mother balancing multiple allegiances, she meets Ward, a rancher who she hopes will become her partner in seeking a path to save her legacy. The Ogallala Road eloquently interweaves pressing issues of environmental degradation with a deeply personal story of love and family. Bair's moving memoir, capturing her unfolding love affair and search for a new way to farm, powerfully updates the literature of the American West.
About the Author
JULENE BAIR also wrote One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, her awards include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Longmont, Colorado.