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"A Thousand Acres"

What is a farmer?

A farmer is a man who feeds the world.

What is a farmer’s first duty?

To grow more food.

What is a farmer’s second duty?

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Books And Essays

#51 How Shakespeare, Baby Names, and the Tower of Terror Provided Proper Perspective on A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (1992)

My daughter Lily was almost named Cordelia. Well, “almost” may be an exaggeration, but it was certainly in the consideration set. A little over thirteen years ago we were expecting the birth of our second child and going through typical baby-naming negotiations. 1,756 more words

Pulitzer Prize

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992.

The story is told by Ginny, the eldest daughter of an Iowa farmer during the late 1970s.  482 more words

Book Review

"Ordinary Love and Good Will"

But it is not necessarily the ones you love the most that have the most effect on you.

Jane Smiley, Pulitzer prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres…

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Books And Essays

Five Authors

I know you haven’t heard much from me lately. It’s mostly because I’m enjoying this short time before library school to read–a lot. I’ve devoured quite a few titles lately that have inspired me in different ways, and I’ve been using that to channel my creative writing. 558 more words


What book inspired you to write?

Recently I read a Buzzfeed article that listed authors and the books that inspired them to become writers.  I was hoping to see  a short quote or interview that explained why these particular books inspired them to write. 287 more words

Book News

Where I'm at with my writing, plus some great writing contests/resources

Now that I’ve got a little time off school, I’ve been looking forward to doing some more writing of my own. So naturally I’ve been cleaning my house and purging junk instead. 422 more words