Reflections of a Plainsdaughter. Bair grew up on the Kansas prarie
and left as soon as she could, yet she found herself pulled back again
and again. In these linked essays she writes beautifully about
her family and their farm as well as the relationship lessons she
unknowingly absorbed about what happens between men and women. Bair
avoids cheap nostalgia and instead simply records what she sees.
Ultimately she chooses a different path than the one her parents took,
but this book is a loving memorial to their way of life.
When we examine a nest, we place ourselves at the origin of confidence
in the world.
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space