The Heart Can be Filled Anywhere on Earth

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Milkweed Editions, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 257 pages
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Growing up, Bill Holm knew what failure was: "to die in Minneota.” But after returning to his hometown ("a very small dot on an ocean of grass”) after 20 years’ absence, he wasn’t so sure. Finding pleasure in the customs and characters of small-town life, in The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere on Earth he writes with affection about the town elders, seen by those in the outside world as misfits and losers. "They taught me what to value, what to ignore, what to embrace, and what to resist.” In his trek through the heartland, Holm covers a satisfyingly wide emotional terrain, from scandalous affairs in the 1950s to his aunt’s touching attempts to transcend poverty with perfume and movie-star airs.

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User Review  - ElizabethAndrew - LibraryThing

Exuberant, persnickety, and literate, Bill Holm's essays are an exercise in loving contemplation of one's family, neighbors, and town. This is a book with a robust heart. I can see why no one reads it ... Read full review

The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere on Earth: Minneota, Minnesota

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As a youth, Holm defined failure as dying in his hometown of Minneota, Minnesota. He left to see the world, and when he returned--almost 40, broke, unemployed, divorced, unpublished, and his immediate ... Read full review

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