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Going Driftless

Life Lessons from the Heartland for Unraveling Times

Stephen J. Lyons

Going Driftless is a book that explores a whole world within a world in the upper Midwest and looks at the nostalgia of small towns and local living (eating, shopping, etc.)—and asks how does it work what lessons can we learn from it. « less more »
Globe Pequot Press
Pages: 224Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7627-8065-5 • Paperback • May 2015 • $16.95 • (£10.95)
978-1-4930-1566-5 • eBook • May 2015 • $15.99 • (£10.95)
Stephen J. Lyons is the author of A View from the Inland Northwest: Everyday Life in America (Globe Pequot) and Landscape of the Heart (Washington State University). He is two-time recipient of a fellowship in prose writing from the Illinois Arts Council and has published articles, reviews, essays, and poems in numerous anthologies and publications, including Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Salon, and High Country News. He lives in Monticello, Illinois. 
Stephen J. Lyons muses on a remarkable region of the U.S. in Going Driftless: Life Lessons from the Heartland for Unraveling Times. 'The Driftless' spans a small area of southwest Wisconsin, northwest Illinois, northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. A distinctly unglaciated history defines certain geographic parts, and a network of streams provides variant topography. In these pages, Lyons explores that landscape and the cultural experimentation born there. The remote hills and valleys of the Driftless are uncharacteristic of the Midwest, and these steeper slopes have sheltered alternative lifestyles for decades, from the back-to-the-landers who arrived in the 1970s to naturalists, traditional and organic farmers, artists, musicians and other singular souls living there today. Over several years, Lyons visits various Driftless communities, chatting with their leaders as well as others encountered by chance. He surveys farming and dairy cooperatives, families living off the grid, small business owners, food co-ops, a Zen monastery and successful planned communities. . . .Going Driftless comprises a series of sketches of people, places and organizations, and steers clear of judgment or conclusion in favor of quiet contemplation. Lyons gently suggests near the book's end that these unobtrusive lifestyles have something to offer in unstable times. Discover: An admiring profile of the successful, low-impact communities in a little-known region of the Midwest.
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The Upper Mississippi River basin region, also known as the Driftless