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Prairie City, Iowa

Prairie City, Iowa

(1979)
Three seasons at home
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Weary from the journalistic treadmill of "going from one assignment to the next, like an itinerant fieldworker moving to his harvests" and healing from a divorce, Douglas Bauer decided it was time to return to his hometown. Back in Prairie City, he helped on his father's farm, scooped grains at the Co-op, and tended bar at the Cardinal. The resultant memoir is a classic picture of an adult experiencing one's childhood roots as a grown-up and testing whether one can ever truly go home again.
Bauer grew up "awkward with soil and with machines" in a small town east of Des Moines, As a teenager, he left the farm for college life twenty miles away and, after graduation, took a job with Better Homes and Gardens in Des Moines, writing in the junk-mail fictional persona of "Barbara Joyce,"asking millions of people to subscribe. After a few years he moved to Chicago to work as an editor and writer for Playboy and eventually as a freelance journalist. In the summer of 1975, he returned home to attend his grandmother's funeral and by autumn he moved back to Prairie City, where he stayed for the next three seasons.
Bauer's book is neither a wistful nostalgia about returning to a simpler time and place nor a patronizing look at those who never leave the town in which they were born. What emerges is an unsentimental yet loving account of life in the Midwest. Not just a portrait of Prairie City, Iowa, but of everyone's small town, everywhere.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 1979 : USA Hardback
Title: Prairie City, Iowa: Three seasons at home
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
ISBN: 0-399-12359-8 / 978-0-399-12359-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam
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Paperback Editions

November 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Prairie City, Iowa: Three Seasons at Home (Bur Oak Book)
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
ISBN: 1-58729-681-0 / 978-1-58729-681-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: University Of Iowa Press
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December 1982 : USA Paperback
Title: Prairie City, Iowa: Three seasons at home
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
ISBN: 0-8138-1329-8 / 978-0-8138-1329-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Iowa State University Press
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October 1982 : USA Paperback
Title: Prairie City, Iowa: Three Seasons at Home (Iowa Heritage Collection)
Author(s): Douglas Bauer
ISBN: 0-8138-1328-X / 978-0-8138-1328-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Iowa State Press
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