Landings: A Crooked Creek Farm Year
Nonfiction

Landings: A Crooked Creek Farm Year

by: Arwen Donahue
Release date: Oct 4th, 2022

In 130 ink-and-watercolor drawings, the story of one year on a family farm in Kentucky unfolds in captured moments of daily life. Read More

Softcover - $22.95
(ISBN: 979-8-88574-000-5)

A hybrid memoir/art book, with an introduction by New York Times Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver. 

In 130 ink-and-watercolor drawings, the story of one year on a family farm in Kentucky unfolds in captured moments of daily life: Donahue’s husband chopping wood, a cow sniffing her head, her daughter tending to goats after a hard day at school. Each visual is paired with a written reflection on the day’s doings, interwoven with the longer-arc history of her family, the farm, and their community. In telling the story of a farm family’s struggle to survive and thrive, Landings grapples with the legacy of our cultural divide between art and land and celebrates the beauty discovered along the way.

 

Praise for Landings: A Crooked Creek Farm Year
 
"Generational memory seems to have fed a modern assumption that manual labor is for the wretched, and farm life is something to be escaped. For all those of us who have returned to it, or elected not to leave at all, there is so much more to the story. It’s a kind of mission work to explain that land itself holds wisdom, and grace comes from reading it every day. The world needs books like Landings to record 'the joy, delight, and awe of our creaturely lives on earth.' To reveal daily labors like these from the inside out, and explain how Efficiency, the god that rules so much of modern life, can be a soul-killing taskmaster. The revelations hold a much-needed redemption of labor itself."  
—Barbara Kingsolver, from the introduction
Arwen Donahue
Author

Arwen Donahue

Arwen Donahue lives on a farm in Kentucky, where her family has raised produce for local markets for over 20 years. Her comics and graphic stories have been featured in The Nib, The Rumpus, The Indiana Review, and the forthcoming Field Guide to Graphic Literature. She has received grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Humanities Council, and an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council.

Eleven drawings from Landings were featured in the director’s cut of the documentary “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry,” directed by Laura Dunn and produced by Robert Redford and Terrence Malick.

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