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A Farmer’s Take on the Universe
Justin Isherwood

"Ours was then a dark night, horizon to horizon it was dark. In that sleeping bag nailed to the barn roof I was no longer below the sky, instead half way to Sirius and Betelgeuse, not under the stars but amongst the stars. I was sleeping on the edge of heaven." —excerpt from Pulse

Award-winning writer and fifth-generation farmer Justin Isherwood enchants his readers again in this new collection of essays, which have appeared in Door County’s Peninsula Pulse. Isherwood’s fresh and compelling writing style invites readers to climb onto his tractor and enjoy the ride.

“If there is a view that fundamentally alters who we are and who we think we are, it is to look across a sky on a dark cloudless night. That better part of dark when daylight has moved to the far side of the earth, and the sky vault acquires a depth that is beyond the mere majestic, instead sensed as the volume of endless space rather than a two-dimensional backdrop. The child’s mind is untethered by such a gaze; humanity, all of it, the last thousand million years, becomes infinitesimal, a grain, a speck, and such a speck as to be downright scary.” —excerpt from Pulse

Justin Isherwood is a fifth-generation farmer and the author of Book of Plough, Christmas Stones & The Story Chair, and Farm Kid: Tales of Growing Up in Rural America. He has written for numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Isthmus, Audubon, Newsday, and Country Life. He is coeditor of A Place to Which We Belong: Wisconsin Writers on Wisconsin Landscapes. He lives in Plover, Wisconsin.

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June 2011
188 pp.   6 x 9

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ISBN 978-1-891609-13-8
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