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Son's memoir shows natural link between farming, literature


This is the cover of "Northern Lights, Southern Nights: A Memoir of Writing Parents" by Albert Eisele. The book is reviewed by Dolores R. Leckey. (CNS)

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"Northern Lights, Southern Nights: A Memoir of Writing Parents" by Albert Eisele. North Star Press (St. Cloud, Minnesota, 2015). 155 pp;$14.95.

Tilling the earth and the art of literature are natural partners. Think of the Hebrew Scriptures, or "Gone with the Wind" or the work of the contemporary poet and novelist Wendell Berry to see the creative power inherent in farming the land and forming the word.

The period of American Catholic history known as "the Catholic literary revival" (19th and 20th century) joined together a reverence for the land and a reverence for Catholic sensibility.

Some wonderful writing emerged from people involved in the rural life movement and its efforts to preserve such treasures as the family farm. Albert Eisele, a well-known journalist and author, has written a gentle, enlightening memoir about his parents who were both farmers and writers. In "Northern Lights, Southern Nights," Eisele brings to life the hard work and imagination of those who cultivate the land and who dream of all the possibilities therein.

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