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UW Author Releases New Book

May 16, 2016
mostly white cover of book with picture of town reflected in store windows
The cover of Julianne Couch’s new book, “The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century.” (University of Iowa Press)

University of Wyoming faculty member Julianne Couch's most recent book, about small-town culture in the Midwest and Great Plains, has been released by the University of Iowa Press.

Titled “The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century,” the book describes Couch's travels to nine small towns in five states, including Centennial.

“If you’ve ever dreamed of taking a free-wheeling road trip, driving from one small town to the next and stopping a while in each, and if you value finely crafted, insightful prose, you’ll love this vicarious tour,” wrote author Julene Bair. “You’ll meet a cast of surprising, resourceful citizens along the way.”

Mary Swander, author of “Farmscape: The Changing Rural Environment,” writes, “Julianne Couch opens the door to cafés and coffee shops, motels and newspaper offices to dramatize the workings of small midwestern towns. She highlights the hard work of town leaders and the vision of strong communities to maintain their integrity, attract jobs and retain their young people.”

Couch has taught in the UW Department of English since 1998. In 2011, she left Laramie for Bellevue, Iowa. She continues to teach for UW via the Outreach School.

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