Howard Kohns The Last Farmer is a memoir of his fathers last seasons working the Michigan farm where they were both raised. It is a place that Kohn, a former editor at Rolling Stone, has left many times but he keeps coming back.
Fredrick Kohn had farmed the family homestead in the Saginaw Valley since his return from World War II. After forty years, with advancing age, failing health, bad weather, falling prices, pesky oil drillers, creeping suburban sprawl, and the exodus of his children, he starts to wonder if maybe the time has come to stop. The habits of a lifetime of hard work and economy are not easy to give up. Nor are the independence, the small gratifications, and the countless responsibilities that are the traditional farmers lot.
The Last Farmer is a rare story of a fathers determination and adaptation, a sons realizations about his father, and a familys love for the land that leads to understanding, rather than tragedy.
Howard Kohn is a former senior editor of Rolling Stone and the author of Who Killed Karen Silkwood?
I was very happy with the books I ordered. Howard Kohn is actually a relative of my children on their dad's side. It was nice to be able to give them a part of their history.Published 3 months ago by Debby Hogan
Do not buy this book if it comes from "Quality Bargain Mall" for $0.01 (plus $3.99 shipping)! Read morePublished 16 months ago by shelldan
Very good book about a German Family farming and how each generation must change for the challenges ahead of them.Published 22 months ago by James E Davison
Wasn't as well written as I had hoped for. Probably interesting if you grew up around Saginaw Michigan. If you grew up on a farm this might interest youPublished 23 months ago by Frank A. Sykes
This is a wonderful, moving story which I recommend. It includes extensive information on today's and yesterday's farmer. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Sharky