Books That Inspire 2008

Following the Harvest: A Novel
Fred Harris

Having grown up on a farm in rural Oklahoma and experienced many summers of harvesting wheat I thought I would be able to relate to Following the Harvest. Instead I realized just how easy we have it in today's society; my personal experiences were much easier than the book's main character Will Haley. Amidst the fun and hard work involved in being a part of a harvesting crew filled with some real characters, life happened and young Will was forced to become a grown up while working his way from Oklahoma to North Dakota. The characters of this book will make you mad and make you laugh, on the same page. A very educational read that will give you a little insight into life on the Great Plains in the 1940s.

Tara G Pogue
Director of Special Events & Suite Operations
Athletics Department