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Uprooted by Gracie Olmstead

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    Grace Olmstead is a journalist who focuses on farming, localism, and family. Her writing has been published in The American ConservativeThe WeekThe New York TimesThe Washington PostNational ReviewThe Wall Street Journal, and Christianity Today, among others. A native of rural Idaho, she now lives outside of Washington, DC, with her husband and three children.


    “Olmstead does the important work of examining perhaps the most overlooked aspect of American identity: place. For those privileged enough to choose where they make their home, she suggests a value set beyond cultural prestige and financial conquest—belonging, commitment, stewardship. Uprooted offers our fractured society a path toward wholeness.” —SARAH SMARSH, author of Heartland

    “Many rural young Americans face a conundrum—should they stay true to their roots and lose out on a big career, or leave behind those they love to try to make a difference in the world? Olmstead handles this problem beautifully and honestly, highlighting its urgency, all while avoiding easy answers.” —CHRIS ARNADE, author of Dignity

    Uprooted helps us understand what is lost when people lose their connections to particular lands and communities. It also helps us appreciate what is gained by a patient and enduring commitment to nurture the places and people that nurture us. Reading Olmstead’s book confirms that the need for roots is one of humanity’s universal and essential needs.” —NORMAN WIRZBA, Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology at Duke University Divinity School

    “Through stories of her loved ones and inspiring profiles of figures in her home state of Idaho, Gracie Olmstead shows that real farming doesn’t take place in a factory. It’s done in a community. Returning to these roots is one of the most bipartisan issues out there.”—AUSTIN FRERICK, Deputy Director of the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University


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