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Book Title

American Harvest

Subtitle
God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland
Author 1
Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Body
For over one hundred years, the Mockett family has owned a seven-thousand-acre wheat farm in Nebraska, where Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s father was raised. Mockett, who grew up in Carmel, California, with her father and her Japanese mother, knew little about farming when she inherited this land. Her father had all but forsworn it.
 
At the invitation of Eric Wolgemuth, the conservative farmer who has cut her family’s fields for decades, Mockett accompanies a group of evangelical wheat harvesters through the heartland as they follow the trail of ripening wheat from Texas to Idaho. Together they contemplate what Eric refers to as “the divide,” peeling back layers of the American story to expose its contradictions and unhealed wounds. She joins the crew in the fields, attends church, and struggles to adapt to the rhythms of rural life, all the while continually reminded of her status as a person who signals “not white,” but who people she encounters can’t quite categorize.
 
American Harvest is an extraordinary evocation of the land and a thoughtful exploration of ingrained beliefs, from evangelical skepticism of evolution to cosmopolitan assumptions about food production and farming. With exquisite lyricism and humanity, this powerful book attempts to reconcile competing versions of our national story.

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$17.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-051-2
Format
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
Publication Date
Subject
Subject
Pages
Pages
416
Trim Size
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
Keynote
Now in paperback, a stirring nonfiction epic about culture, politics, food, and religion on the Great Plains

About the Author

Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Credit: Sylvie Rosokoff
Marie Mutsuki Mockett is the author of a novel, Picking Bones from Ash, and a memoir, Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye, which was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award. She has written for the New York TimesSalonNational GeographicGlamourPloughshares, and other publications and has been a guest on The WorldTalk of the Nation and All Things Considered on NPR. She is a core faculty member of the Rainier Writing Workshop and a Visiting Writer in the MFA program Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. She lives in San Francisco.

http://www.mariemockett.com/
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Praise

  • Winner of the 2021 Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction Solidarity
    Finalist for the 2020 Heartland Booksellers Award for Nonfiction
    Finalist for the 2020 Northern California Book Award for General Nonfiction
  • “[American Harvest is] by turns a woman’s travelogue of the Great Plains, a sweeping history of the American West, and a cross-sectional study of contemporary Christian theology.”Bookforum
  • “[Marie Mutsuki Mockett] has the kind of deft touch with the English language that would make me read a book by her, no matter what it was about. . . . At the end of the trip, Mutsuki Mockett bemoans the fact that she wants her ‘old self to reappear’—but it won’t. The Midwest has changed her. That, perhaps, is her greatest talent: the willingness to examine, even abandon, her own biases before she casts stones.”—Financial Times
  • “A sprawling examination of American history, identity, and food. . . . [American Harvest is] a masterclass of reporting with humility.”The Believer
Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

This book is made possible through a partnership with the College of Saint Benedict, and honors the legacy of S. Mariella Gable, a distinguished teacher at the College. Support has been provided by the Manitou Fund as part of the Warner Reading Program.
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