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Good Read: The Meadow

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The Meadow
by James Galvin

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Product Description:
In discrete disclosures joined with the intricacy of a spider’s web, James Galvin depicts the hundred-year history of a meadow in the arid mountains of the Colorado/Wyoming border. Galvin describes the seasons, the weather, the wildlife, and the few people who do not possess but are themselves possessed by this terrain. In so doing he reveals an experience that is part of our heritage and mythology. For Lyle, Ray, Clara, and App, the struggle to survive on an independent family ranch is a series of blameless failures and unacclaimed successes that illuminate the Western character. The Meadow evokes a sense of place that can be achieved only by someone who knows it intimately.

Jacque Day says:

“James Galvin’s shimmering chronicle takes us to a very specific time in a very specific pocket of the American West. It is a story of both place, and transcendence. Part memoir, part naturalist work, part chronicle for what might still be, The Meadow has the feel of finding a sack of photos belonging to a stranger, dumping them into a pile, and picking them up one by one. Galvin’s narrative seems to revolve around a question: what is this thing we call the West, and who possesses it?”

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Written by Matt Markgraf

July 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

morning cram [euro edition]

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“At age 53, the European Union is in the grips of a midlife crisis.”

~NPR discusses the currency shared by 16 nations.

KENTUCKY~ A Hopkinsville man is busted on sex charges for (allegedly) wooing a fictitious teenager online. A Fort Campbell soldier almost lights himself on fire in a public suicide attempt and officials plan to build a new elementary school on base. West Kentucky Allied Services gets federal funding to help the needy with high electric bills. Beshear says last year’s economic incentive revamp is paying offDon’t text ‘n drive.

TENNESSEE~ Henry County High bans face piercings and cell phones. 2 were arrested during a weekend raid on a rural Montgomery County “Outlaws” motorcycle gang clubhouse.

ILLINOIS~ How the state’s Lieutenant Governor is chosen changes after last year’s embarrassment. A Willow Lake mining accident killed an Eddyville, KY man.