Off the Farm Into the World Author:Linehan Story if a third generation Irish and German-American Wisconsin farm family. Begins int he dark days of the Depression, carries us through the war years and the brighter hope of the 1950's when family farming was at its best, and finally through the 1960's, when consolidation and agribusiness began to overtake the American small farm. — Story of ... more »country values--hard work, simple pleasures, good luck and tough luck, and love; story of a father and mother of 8 children who struggle with a way of living that is dying, but that prepares them well for the new ways of the second half of 20th Century America.
Although the children grow up to go in separate directions, their roots on the farm, and under a simple basketball hoop in a barn loft bind them inseparably in memory and shared knowledge of what is good and worth striving for.
The boys in the family were all tall and played basketball through school and into adult life.« less