Thursday, August 18, 2011

Confession: I'm from Arkansas

That's not totally true. The truth is: I'm partly from Arkansas.

I put down my knitting long enough to read a new book about the Delta rice country around DeWitt. I've never been to DeWitt, but there were enough touchstones in the story for me to feel completely at home. Jo McDougall said it took her six years to write the book, with her husband's help, who corrected her on such vital issues as the make of tractor which was used on the farm.

Ever since my knee surgery three years ago, I've had an irregular sleep pattern, often wide-wake in the middle of the night. With Daddy's Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family I read late into the night, finally dropping the book on my chest and sleeping straight through until morning. You might catch Jo around at book signings, or get it from the University of Arkansas Press.

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