Faculty Member Jean Harper Wins Nonfiction Prize for New Book

Associate Professor Jean Harper’s new book Still Life with Horses has won Howling Bird
Press’s 2017 prize in nonfiction and was released in early November 2017. We’re so excited! Here’s what her publisher says about it:

Through the lens of her relationship with a beloved horse, Still Life with Horses chronicles the quest to live ethically while navigating a changing personal and professional landscape. The book explores how animal relationships can keep us grounded when human relationships fail. A New Englander by birth, Harper examines the process of embracing and understanding America’s rural heartland as home. The Howling Bird Press editors were immediately drawn to Harper’s unique prose and the manuscript’s frank narrative of the path to empowerment. (Jim Cihlar, Publisher, Howing Bird Press, cihlar@augsburg.edu)

Jean will be reading from (and signing!) her new book on Thurs., Nov. 30 at 4 pm in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. Copies available in the bookstore!

“I loved this luminous and searingly honest story of love, loss, life and hope; and I loved how a horse served as the metaphor for all of this.  The lesson I came away with is that in its best and purest form, love can only lead to more love.”

– Elizabeth Berg, author of The Dream Lover

Jean’s first book Rose City: A Memoir of Work  won the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Creative Nonfiction.

She lives in northern Indiana with her husband and numerous four-legged critters. Her website is  www.jeanharper.org.

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