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Here’s how it works. You buy a copy of the featured book or borrow a copy from your library. Then, over a period of a month, you read the book, and make comments or post questions in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
For each book, I will pose some questions to guide you in your reading. I will respond to your questions and comments, as well as ask additional questions as the reading period continues.
April 2019 Book Selection: Blue Shadows Farm.
Blue Shadows Farm follows the intriguing family story of three generations on a Wisconsin farm. Silas Starkweather, a Civil War veteran, is drawn to Wisconsin and homesteads 160 acres in Ames County, where he is known as the mysterious farmer forever digging holes. After years of hardship and toil, however, Silas develops a commitment to farming his land and respect for his new community. When Silas’s son Abe inherits Blue Shadows Farm he chooses to keep the land out of reluctant necessity, distilling and distributing “purified corn water” throughout Prohibition and the Great Depression in order to stay solvent. Abe’s daughter, Emma, willingly takes over the farm after her mother’s death. Emma’s love for this place inspires her to open the farm to school- children and families who share her respect for it. As she considers selling the land, Emma is confronted with a difficult question—who, through thick and thin, will care for Blue Shadows Farm as her family has done for over a century? In the midst of a controversy that disrupts the entire community, Emma looks into her family’s past to help her make crucial decisions about the future of its land.
Blue Shadows Farm
- What did you like best about this book?
- What is your reaction to the title, Blue Shadows Farm?
- Which characters in the book did you like best? Why?
- Which characters did you like least? Why?
- Silas Starkweather sets out looking for something, yet what he finds is more important to him. Have you personally done this or know someone who has?
- Do you know of multi-generation farm owners who have faced selling the home farm? What have they done? What have been the outcomes—especially for the seller?
- Share a favorite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out?
- What feelings did this book evoke for you?
- What historical facts in the book were of most interest to you?
- What was Jerry’s purpose in writing the book?
- How did reading this book change you or your views?
Buy the book from your local bookstores, online, or from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, WI (Book sales are a fundraiser for the Library Friends). The Patterson phone is 920-622-3835. Email = firstname.lastname@example.org.