Native Soulmate

A Season in Search of a Love Homegrown

By Zachary Michael Jack
(Tall Corn Books, Paperback, 9781888160567, 210pp.)

Publication Date: September 2011

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At the height of a Heartland summer a seventh generation midwesterner unlucky in love sets forth from a faraway farm on a quest to road-test what he calls his Beach Boys hypothesis: What if we really do live in a world where native boy meets native girl... What if the cutest girls and boys in the world really do live right under our nose? So begins a Cinderella season in search of a love homegrown. Pursuing the dream wherever it may lead, the author delivers speeches in far-flung farm burgs and readings in well-to-do college towns while setting up listening posts in libraries and chautauquas in barns. Part 1500-mile travelogue and part real-life love story, Native Soulmate offers not just an account of a magical trek and its uncanny, sweetcorn settings, but a moving argument for how voting with your feet and leading with your heart really can matter.



About the Author
Zachary Michael Jack teaches courses in rural studies, writing, and the environment as an associate professor of English and member of the Urban and Suburban Studies and Environmental Studies faculties at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. The author or editor of nearly twenty books, including Uncle Henry Wallace: Letters to Farm Families from Purdue University Press, Jack is a two-time nominee for the Theodore Saloutos Award for the best work in agricultural history, a nominee for the Pushcart Prize (Best of the Small Presses), and, in 2010, a runner-up in his class for the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award. He is the great-grandson of pioneering conservation writer Walter Thomas Jack, whose book The Furrow and Us has been selected by scholars for inclusion in the Core Historical Literature of Agriculture. Jack is the seventh generation in his family to make a home on a farm in rural eastern Iowa, where the Jack Heritage Farm has been in continuous family ownership since 1855.
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