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All Iowa Reads Book Discussion

The Marshalltown Public Library will host a book discussion of the nonfiction book, This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm by Ted Genoways on Tuesday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the library’s Community Meeting Rooms. 

This Blessed Earth follows the Hammond family who own a small farm in York County, Nebraska.  For forty years, Rick Hammond has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation farm. But as he prepares to hand off the operation to his daughter Meghan and her husband Kyle, their entire way of life is under siege. Confronted by rising corporate ownership, encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies, small farmers are often caught in the middle and fighting just to preserve their way of life. Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, This Blessed Earth is both a history of American agriculture and a portrait of one family’s struggle to hold on to their legacy.

This title is the All Iowa Reads book pick for 2019—libraries and book groups throughout the state will be reading and discussing this book over the course of the year. The Iowa Center for the Book organizes All Iowa Reads to “foster a sense of unity through reading” across the state. Discussion copies of the book can be picked up at the library’s Check-Out Desk.

This event is free and open to the public. Please contact the library at 641-754-5738 ext. 4 or visit the library’s website at www.marshalltownlibrary.org for more information.


  • Date:July 16, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm