St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Marie Mutsuki Mockett, "American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland."
Video premiere: Tuesday, June 1, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary
For over 100 years, the Mockett family has owned a 7,000 acre wheat farm in the panhandle of Nebraska. Marie Mutsuki Mockett, who grew up in bohemian California, with her father and her Japanese mother, knew little about farming when she inherited this land. In “American Harvest,” Mockett follows the harvest season with a group of evangelical Christians who have cut her family’s fields for decades. Mockett’s journey peels back layers of the American story to expose its contradictions and unhealed wounds. She joins the crew in the fields, attends church, and struggles to adapt to the rhythms of rural life, all the while continually reminded of her own status as a person who signals “not white.” “American Harvest,” is an important book for our fractured times, a study in seeing and hearing an America different from the one we are surrounded by each day.
Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.
This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.