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One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter describes Bair’s struggle for independence and acceptance within the male-dominated farming and ranching culture of her birth. As a portrait of one young woman’s coming of age, One Degree West is a stunning mosaic of shared history. Through the eyes of an observer as gifted as Julene Bair, the personal doubts and the culturaOne Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter describes Bair’s struggle for independence and acceptance within the male-dominated farming and ranching culture of her birth. As a portrait of one young woman’s coming of age, One Degree West is a stunning mosaic of shared history. Through the eyes of an observer as gifted as Julene Bair, the personal doubts and the cultural insecurities of the 1960's retain an extraordinary luminescence and freshness. And as a documentary of three generations, the individual players—mother and father, sister and brothers, and grandson—emerge from a maze of rivalries, hard feelings, and miscommunication to become a family....

Title : One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter
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ISBN : 9780922811458
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter Reviews

  • Catherine
    2019-02-26 06:10

    Julene Bair grew up on a farm in Kansas during the mid 20th century, the only girl in a family with two brothers. Her memoir focuses on the unspoken but nonnegotiable roles of women and men in that time and place. The book mostly consists of anecdotes from her childhood and adulthood that caused her to reject this path for herself, while coming to terms with the ways it worked for her parents. The pace is languid, and the memories are mostly nonlinear, which for me negatively impacted the flow. The analysis at the end brought it all together pretty well. 3.5 stars.

  • Kate Lawrence
    2019-03-05 07:06

    This first book by Bair is every bit as engaging as her subsequent Ogallala Road; the two books complement each other by telling different aspects of her life as a "plainsdaughter." I love the way she tells her story and, as an exact contemporary also growing up in Kansas, I can relate to that time when girls' and womens' lives were so circumscribed. I've known people just like the ones described, and am greatly impressed by her skill in bringing them to life on the page.

  • Mary Beth
    2019-03-23 07:18

    A collection of heartfelt essays about love, land, and love of the land. I read this a long time ago, but it still resonates with me.

  • Elisabeth
    2019-03-12 10:19

    Thoughtful, elegant prose -- hoping for more from this writer.