The Rural Life

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Book Sense 76 Pick “Captivating, subtle, and splendid . . . . Klinkenborg really is a Thoreau for today . . .

The Rural Life

The former member of the New York Times editorial board offers a collection of essays that illuminate the beauty of the American landscape. With an eloquence unmatched by any other living writer, Verlyn Klinkenborg observes the juncture at which our lives and the natural world intersect. His yearlong meditation on the rigors and wonders of country life—encompassing memories of his family’s Iowa homestead, time spent in the wide-open spaces of the American West, and his experiences on the small farm in upstate New York where he lives with his wife—abounds with various pleasures for the readers as it indelibly records and elaborates the everyday beauty of the world we inhabit. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Book Sense 76 Pick “Captivating, subtle, and splendid . . . . Klinkenborg really is a Thoreau for today . . . . Nonfiction storytelling at its highest: unflaggingly lovely, with scope, profundity, and power achieved through a mastering of the delicate.” —Kirkus Reviews “In a voice reminiscent of E. B. White, Klinkenborg paints a picture of a fading world in colors that are solid and authentic. His joy is evident throughout.” —Los Angeles Times “Arresting, even profound, forcing us to look at the world in a new way.” —Chicago Tribune

More Scenes from the Rural Life

Verlyn Klinkenborg's regular column, The Rural Life, is one of the most read and beloved in the New York Times.

More Scenes from the Rural Life

Verlyn Klinkenborg's regular column, The Rural Life, is one of the most read and beloved in the New York Times. Since 1997, he has written eloquently on every aspect, large and small, of life on his upstate New York farm, including his animals, the weather and landscape, and the trials and rewards of physical labor, as well as broader issues about agriculture and land use behind farming today. Klinkenborg's pieces are admired as much for their poetic writing as for their insight: peonies are "the sheepdog of flowers," dry snow "tumbles off the angled end of the plow-blade as if each crystal were completely independent, almost charged with static electricity," and land is most valuable "for its silence,its freedom from language."

The Sociology of Rural Life

The rural world.

The Sociology of Rural Life

The rural world. The number, origin, distribution, and importance of the rural population. Composition of the population. Physical characteristics and health. Psychological characteristics and mental health. Fertility. Mortality. Migration. Form of settlement. Land division. Land tenure. Size of holdings. Social differetiations. Social stratification. Mabriage and the family. Rural education and educational institutions. Relegion and the rural church. Rural political institutions and government. Comepetitions and conflict in rural socity. Cooperatition in rural areas. Accommodation, assimlation, and acculturuation.

Rural Life and Education

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Rural Life and Education

Excerpt from Rural Life and Education: A Study of the Rural-School Problem as a Phase of the Rural-Life Problem A recent writer has stated that the rural-school problem would be much easier of solution if some writer on the subject would clearly set forth the nature of the problem. The suggestion was a good one, as most writers on the subject do not seem to see clearly the nature of the problem they are considering. The rural-school problem of to-day is a social, even more than an educational problem, and is the result of a long national evolution, coupled with recent profound changes in rural life itself. The rural-school problem is inseparable from the rural-life problem, and of which it is but a phase. Those who do most toward its solution will be those who see the problem clearly in its historical and sociological setting, and who have some grasp of American rural history. To give the problem such a setting has been the purpose of the first part of the book. The rural-life problem is there set forth in its historical development, and the origin and present status of the rural-school problem shown. With this as a basis the student is ready to pass to the second part of the book, which sets forth specifically the present rural-school problem, and points out the fundamental nature of the remedies which must be applied for its solution. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Prairie Town

The book considers the rural literacies that circulate in this community as residents work to redefine their position within the context of globalization.

Prairie Town

Prairie Town describes the contemporary rural condition and efforts to sustain rural life in one small Minnesota community at the turn of the 21st century. The book considers the rural literacies that circulate in this community as residents work to redefine their position within the context of globalization. Prairie Town's story offers us hope as we learn that neoliberalism is not inevitable, nor is the demise of rural America. Instead, we learn that not everything can be bought and sold, and disidentification with dominant societal structures is possible within a participatory democratic society.

The Book of Rural Life

The Book of Rural Life


The Rural Life

he notes and observations in The Rural Life were written over several years, but they've been gathered together in these pages into asingle calendar year.Ifspring seems to be well advanced on one page but balky and weeks behind on ...

The Rural Life

The hugely admired author of "The Last Fine Time" preserves and makes new the sights, smells, sounds, and poetry of country living. Klinkenborg reveals the beauty of the American landscape, not from a scenic overlook, but through a screened-in porch or from the window of a pickup driving down an empty highway in the teeth of an approaching storm.

Rural Life and the Rural School

There was little or no machinery as a factor in the rural life of days gone by. In these modern times, of course, many things have made country life more attractive than formerly. Twenty-five years ago there was no rural delivery, ...

Rural Life and the Rural School

"Rural Life and the Rural School" by Joseph Kennedy. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Women in Rural Life

Women in Rural Life


Rural Life and Education

Rural Life and Education


The Sociology of Rural Life

On the one hand, there is the farming yokel astride his red tractor1 (Newby 1977a) and living a bucolic life in a rural idyll (Williams 1973), whilst on the other there is a view of an industry only rendered viable through subsidy ...

The Sociology of Rural Life

From fox-hunting to farming, the vigor with which rural activities and living are defended overturns received notions of a sleepy and complacent countryside. Alongside these developments, the rise of the organic food movement has helped to revitalize an already politicized rural population. Over the years 'rural life' has been defined, redefined and eventually fallen out of fashion as a sociological concept - in contrast to urban studies, which has flourished. This much-needed reappraisal calls for its reinterpretation in light of the profound changes affecting the countryside. First providing an overview of rural sociology, Hillyard goes on to offer contemporary case studies that clearly demonstrate the need for a reinvigorated rural sociology. Tackling a range of contentious issues, this book offers a new model for rural sociology and reassesses its role in contemporary society. A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org

Better Rural Life

Nevertheless , the survival of the rural community depends to a very great extent on the ability of the school to fit the younger generations for rural life . Most of the schools are situated where there is land adjacent to the school ...

Better Rural Life


Towards the Improvement of Agriculture and Rural Life in the Americas

knowledge and , at the same time , sensitize hemispheric and global players to the needs at the local and national levels . both areas . More investment in rural areas is also required , so as to ensure social and political stability ...

Towards the Improvement of Agriculture and Rural Life in the Americas


Country Boys Masculinity and Rural Life

In the mid-twentieth century, sociologists who missed To ̈nnies's emphasis on the interactive character of Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft proposed that the two could be mapped spatially onto rural and urban life, respectively.25 The more ...

Country Boys  Masculinity and Rural Life


Images and Realities of Rural Life

The decreasing importance of agriculture creates space for new and varied images of nature , landscape and village life . Nature organizations present the countryside predominantly as worth protecting from the forces that threaten it .

Images and Realities of Rural Life


Rural Life in the Piedmont of South Carolina

RURAL LIFE IN THE PIEDMONT OF SOUTH CAROLINA griculture , the backbone of South Carolina's economy since the time of the first settlers in the late 1600s , has truly shaped the identity of the Piedmont region , serving as a common ...

Rural Life in the Piedmont of South Carolina

Agriculture, the backbone of South Carolina's economy since the time of the first settlers in the late 1600s, has truly shaped the identity of the Piedmont region, serving as a common touchstone for the people of the Upstate. As the Palmetto State moves away from small, independent farms into a landscape dominated by big corporations and franchised companies, it is important to pay tribute to the industry that has enabled this state to proceed so successfully into the twenty-first century, both financially and culturally. Farming is much more than "cattle and crops," as some may think, and Rural Life in the Piedmont of South Carolina deals with the subject in over 180 striking photographs, displaying the grace, hard work ethic, and inventiveness of these men and women who have toiled under the South Carolina sun. As you thumb through these pages, you will venture into an era not so far in the past, but which seems exceedingly distant and foreign with each passing year. Exploring the rural landscapes between the years 1918 and 1968, this volume will allow you to experience firsthand the people who worked the land, their machinery and homes, the county agents who demonstrated new techniques for farming improvements, and many scenes of different areas in the Upstate with its many different annual harvests, from pigs, chickens, and cows to sorghum, cotton, alfalfa, hay, corn, tobacco, and peaches.

The Routledge Handbook of Medieval Rural Life

rural. life. Rural communities made up the vast majority of the population in medieval Europe. The people who shaped, worked and lived in these communities represented the foundation of medieval culture, politics and economics.

The Routledge Handbook of Medieval Rural Life

The Routledge Handbook of Medieval Rural Life brings together the latest research on peasantry in medieval Europe. The aim is to place peasants – as small-scale agricultural producers – firmly at the centre of this volume, as people with agency, immense skill and resilience to shape their environments, cultures and societies. This volume examines the changes and evolutions within village societies across the medieval period, over a broad chronology and across a wide geography. Rural structures, families and hierarchies are examined alongside tool use and trade, as well as the impact of external factors such as famine and the Black Death. The contributions offer insights into multidisciplinary research, incorporating archaeological as well as landscape studies alongside traditional historical documentary approaches across widely differing local and regional contexts across medieval Europe. This book will be an essential reference for scholars and students of medieval history, as well those interested in rural, cultural and social history.

School Consolidation and Rural Life

Rural School Leaflet No. 16 . June , 1923 . DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BUREAU OF EDUCATION WASHINGTON , D. C. THE IOWA PLAN OF OBSERVATION AND PRACTICE TEACHING IN THE TRAINING OF RURAL TEACHERS . By ANNA D. CORDTS , University of Iowa ...

School Consolidation and Rural Life