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Rhodes has captured with warm intimacy the Bauer family's daily life on their 1,000 acre Missouri farm.
"Rhodes brings empathy and intelligence to his subject, and he projects for the reader that continuing identification with the day-to-day complexities, disappointments, and gratifications encountered by the Bauers. . . . [His] chronicle is unvarnished, his vision acute."—Maxine Kumin, New York Times Book Review
"I have never read a better description of what it’s like to live and work on a Midwestern farm."—Christian Science Monitor
"Reading about the Bauers makes one better appreciate the role the farm has played, and still plays, in the shaping of our national character."—National Review