Join fellow community members for a discussion on this year’s Omaha Reads title, "This Blessed Earth" by Ted Genoways.
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.
Omaha Reads is a campaign to promote literacy and provide the city with a common theme to discuss. One book is selected each year and celebrated with book discussions, author visits and related programs and events.