Lost Without the River

Lost Without the River

A Memoir

Barbara Hoffbeck Scoblic


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• Large sections of The Great Plains, particularly those in farming and manufacturing-dependent zones, have seen a dramatic population decrease while, urban areas have increased, showing that the trend of young people moving from their rural hometowns into cities has continued since the author did so in the early 1960s. • Sales of adult nonfiction titles, particularly in the biography/autobiography categories, increased 26% between 2016 and 2017. • Books about smart women and their social/family/health situations saw a 22% increase in sales from 2016 to 2017. • The rural themes of this memoir will be relevant to regional readers. AUDIENCE: • Women: mothers and daughters, sisters, friends • Small-town expats: People who have left their rural hometowns for cities and long to return • People who deal with caring for a severely disabled sibling or family member • Adults who are transitioning from the role of child to caretaker and coping with how that shift changes the relationship between parent and child