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E-M:/ Another Michigan book "Trespassing: Dirt Stories & Field Notes"

A very nice article in the Grand Rapids Press on Janet Kauffman’s book that is referenced below.  Article is entitled, “Author’s work rooted in natural world.”  See link to the press article. http://www.mlive.com/books/grpress/index.ssf?/base/features-0/1206444903279940.xml&coll=6


Jan O’Connell


From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Janet Kauffman
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 9:02 AM
To: enviro-mich
Subject: E-M:/ another Michigan book


just out from Wayne State University Press--




Dirt Stories & Field Notes


By Janet Kauffman 


                        “A remarkable fusion of art and advocacy...” —Stephanie Mills

Trespassing is composed in equal amounts of short fiction and essays that illustrate the impact of modern factory farms—confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs)—on a rural Michigan community. Michigan author Janet Kauffman debunks the myth of the idyllic "clip art" farm of decades past by giving readers a close-up look at mega-meat and mega-milk, the extreme amounts of animal waste and barren countryside CAFOs produce, and the people who live in the midst of this new rural landscape threatened by agricultural sprawl.Trespassing considers the consequences of violating nature's limits, giving readers a vivid impression of the irreversible damage that violation causes to our habitat.

The writings in Trespassing range from ground-level realism to hallucinatory surrealism, from mindful discussion to poetic incantation, from vehicles of outrage to portraits of grief. The rural landscape includes a range of characters, and Kauffman's stories and essays are populated with CAFO owners, immigrant workers, neighbors mired in pollution, greenhouse growers, environmental activists, water monitors, drain commissions, and agency officials...