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'Driving the Body Back,' published by UI Press, reflects human lives, spirit

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa Public Radio commentator and Iowa State University professor Mary Swander poetically narrates a collection of short stories about rural life in America in "Driving the Body Back," published by the University of Iowa Press.

Throughout the 96-page collection, Swander paints the lives of people with titles such as 'Jim,' a story about a man's undying spirit that later exacts revenge on his killer. She follows 'Jim' with similar sensitive stories such as 'Maud' and 'Ed.'

"From the hard task of wrestling sustenance from the soil to the hard fact of thawing the ground for burial, Swanders concerns affect us all. If you complain that poets write only for themselves and other poets, this may well be the book for you," says the Los Angeles Times.

Swander has written and edited numerous books, including "Out of this World," "Succession," and "Heaven-and-Earth House."

"Driving the Body Back" is available in bookstores for $12.95 or directly from the UI Press by calling (773) 568-1550.

10/22/98