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Linking his wide-ranging essays in a month-by-month format, Verlyn Klinkenborg uses an informal, lucid, lyrical prose to bring the natural world to the written page. He writes about his small farm in upstate New York and his life there, where he keeps bees and horses, but he also ponders the state of the universe. He watches for Venus in the sky, discusses Thoreau and brings night, bird and insect sounds alive to the reader.
He drives his pickup in the empty back roads of Montana, to Colorado, and back to the Iowa family farm, on the way discoursing on the American landscape. The author "speaks from a place of silence where no one expects to hear wisdom anymore." Rural Life is a calming book, a treat to read.
— Adele Kleine, Library Volunteer and Master Gardener, Chicago Botanic Garden