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March 5, 2012

At A Glance

Trespasses memoir is now available from the UI Press

Trespasses, A Memoir by Lacy M. Johnson, is now available from the Sightline Books series of the University of Iowa Press.

Trespasses recounts the coming of age of three generations in the rural Great Plains. In examining how class, race, and gender play out in the lives of two farm families who simultaneously love and hate the place they can’t escape, Johnson presents rural whiteness as an ethnicity worthy of study.

Johnson worked as a cashier at WalMart, sold steaks door-to-door, and puppeteered with a traveling children’s museum before earning a doctorate from the University of Houston’s creative writing program. Her creative and critical work has appeared in Sentence, TriQuarterly Online, Memoir (and), Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. Excerpts can be found at

Sightline Books: The Iowa Series in Literary Nonfiction ranges from cultural commentary, nature writing, and historical inquiry to meditation, memoir, and narratively or thematically linked personal essays by emerging as well as established authors.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at


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