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More stories from the round barn
Jackson, Jacqueline, 1928-
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Evanston, Ill. : TriQuarterly Books, Northwestern University Press, [2002]

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xxi, 287 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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S521.5.W6 J28 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this much anticipated companion volume to Stories from the Round Barn, Jackson assembles a collection of rich narratives and a cast of inspirational characters to joyously illustrate life. In the tradition of Willa Cather, Jackson writes of innocence, simplicity, and what happens when both are messily shattered by the intrusion of animals, children, war, epidemics, and progress itself. With wit and compassion Jackson recollects the hardships and satisfactions of farm life as lived according to her grandfather's motto: "Life as Well as a Living."

Author Notes

Jacqueline Dougan Jackson published her first story at age ten and has since written 12 books. She teaches at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Following her well-received Stories from the Round Barn (1997), Jackson has compiled dozens more tales about her family's dairy farm in Beloit, Wis., and, she says, "the stories here do not exhaust the supply." These earnest sketches capture the sounds and rhythms of early and mid-20th-century rural life, with chapters on judging cows, cornhusking contests, taming horses and various other chores and pleasures to be found around the Dougan family farm. It's not strictly organized either chronologically or thematically, so readers can dip in and out with ease. "The Split in the Silo" describes the family's efforts to repair a dangerous crack in the just-filled silo that rises from the center of the eponymous barn. This chapter sits alongside the story of a wayward and destructive goat named Butter who refuses to stay in her pen. The next chapter, "Dan Goldsmith," recalls an exceptional herdsman who always played classical music, whistled Bach cantatas and listened to educational radio while milking the cows. Jackson is a children's author and it shows throughout the narrative: she offers very short chapters, simple sentence construction, present-tense narration and plenty of simple dialogue. Nearly every story reflects a child's point of view the author's own and though the book is not marketed for young adults, it certainly has their interests at heart. Quaint, warm and sincere, this collection of sketches and anecdotes offers a nostalgic record of a dying institution the family-run farm. b&w photos. (July) Forecast: According to the publisher, Stories from the Round Barn sold more than 4,000 copies this should do as well. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

To the Readers of More Stories from the Round Barnp. ix
Introducing the Round Barnp. xiii
The Familyp. xix
1. Grampa's Courtshipp. 3
2. The Pecan Grovep. 11
3. Play Horsiep. 13
4. The Weddingp. 15
5. Heelsp. 21
6. Esther, Part Onep. 25
7. Pageantp. 33
8. The Perrigo Jobp. 44
9. Whatever Will Happen ...p. 47
10. Granitep. 48
11. Finalityp. 51
12. Aunt Lillianp. 52
13. Fly Dopep. 62
14. Esther, Part Twop. 65
15. Miss Eganp. 75
16. The Showerp. 80
17. Hide-and-Seekp. 86
18. Big House Christmasp. 93
19. Thrashingp. 101
20. Back-Fence Walkp. 108