What do authors think of the country life?

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How is the country life being represented in books? What are writers saying about country folks?

Let’s examine this.

We know reading is a hobby that tons of people love. According to Mashable, there are nearly 130 million books in the world — there wouldn’t be that many if so many people didn’t read!

With so many books in the world, it’s a good idea to keep tabs on what authors are saying about people who are country. 

Here are five books related to the country life that we recommend you check out.

“Home to Woefield” by Susan Juby

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Susan Juby and her dog Rodeo (photo from www.pepperbooks.nl)

Prudence Burns, a New Yorker with the best of intentions and an earth-conscious ideology, inherits Woefield Farm. The farm is 30 acres of run-down buildings and half-taken-care-of animals. Foreclosure threatens the farm, and it’s up to Burns to save the day.

Other characters (and helpers) include Earl, the banjo player who’s keeping a big secret, Seth, the neighbor who’s stayed in his house ever since a high school scandal, and a couple other folks. You’ve got to meet these characters.

“The Teacher’s Funeral : A Comedy in Three Parts” by Richard Peck

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Richard Peck (photo from jlnphotos.photoshelter.com)

The first line of this witty novel: “”If your teacher has to die, August isn’t a bad time of year for it.”

It’s 1904, and Russell Culver is just fifteen. He plans to leave his small farm town in Indiana and head to the Dakotas. School is like to him. It’s like handcuffs holding him from reaching for his dream. And now that his teacher has passed, he’s free, so to speak.

“Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery

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L.M. Montgomery (photo from anneofgreengables.com)

This one is a classic read. Not many people have missed out on this one. The freckled star, Anne Shirley, is spunky and adventurous and starts her journey at Green Gables, a farm near Avonela, Prince Edward Island. When the Cuthberts, her hopeful guardians, want to adopt a boy instead of her, she sets out to win over their hearts.

“Woods Runner” by Gary Paulsen

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Gary Paulsen (photo from www.prhspeakers.com)

The main character, a 13-year-old boy named Samuel, is hunting to provide for his family in the woods. He spends most of his time in the forest.  This story is based on the frontier of a new British colony called America.

“Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer” by Richard Rhodes and Bill Greer (Illustrator)

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Richard Rhodes (photo from pandoraspromise.com)

This book chronicles one year in the life of two farmers, Tom and Sally Bauer. They live in Crevecoeur County, Missouri where they struggle to cultivate their farm, which has corn, wheat, and newborn calves. Their antagonists? Nature, government regulations, and everyday farm setbacks.

Farmer or not, you’ll appreciate this book. And you’ll probably appreciate farmers much more as well.