Leaning into the Wind
A Memoir of Midwest Weather
ISBN10: 081664263X ISBN13: 9780816642632 Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr Published: Feb 17 2006 Pages: 124 Weight: 0.40lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 5.00" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
Midwesterners love to talk about the weather, approaching the vagaries and challenges of extreme temperatures, deep snow, and oppressive humidity with good-natured complaining, peculiar pride, and communal spirit. Such a temperamental climate can at once terrify and disturb, yet offer unparalleled solace and peace.Leaning into the Wind is a series of ten intimate essays in which Susan Allen Toth, who has spent most of her life in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, reveals the ways in which weather has challenged and changed her perceptions about herself and the world around her. She describes her ever-growing awareness of and appreciation for how the weather marks the major milestones of her life. Toth explores issues as large as weather and spirituality in “Who Speaks in the Pillar of Cloud?