Join us for an author event, part of our Fireside Writers series at the 318 Café, on Monday October 24. The event begins at 7 p.m. - call the café for reservations: 952-401-7902
Theresa Weir was born in Burlington, Iowa, a river town settled by German, Irish, and Dutch immigrants. Her blue-collar parents divorced when she was six, and the next twelve years were spent in poverty, moving to and from Florida, Iowa, California, Illinois, and New Mexico. She graduated from Artesia High School in New Mexico. After high school she worked as a waitress, a factory worker at Albuquerque’s Levi Strauss (where she sewed the Levi’s logo on the back pocket of jeans), followed by a secretarial position at Wally's LP Gas in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At age nineteen, she joined her uncle at his bar in rural Illinois across the Mississippi River from her birthplace of Burlington. While tending bar at the Pilot House, she met an apple farmer and the two married three months later. Shortly after moving to the farm, she began writing. Four years later she was offered a contract with Pocket Books and her first novel, the groundbreaking and multi-award winning Amazon Lily, was published in 1988. She now divides her time between the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, and her writing studio in rural Wisconsin.
“Reading The Orchard, it is necessary to keep reminding oneself that this is a memoir - this all took place. It reads like a novel, with a cast of quirky and just downright odd and ill-assorted characters. It is sobering to realize that we truly were so enamored of chemicals in agriculture, and naively, we thought they would solve all the problems. This memoir paints a personal face on the consequences of our unthinking reliance on pesticides. Remarkably, Weir writes without bitterness, but with clarity and understanding of the choices that were made.”
"The Orchard is a lovely book in all the ways that really matter, one of those rare and wonderful memoirs in which people you've never met become your friends. I read it in a single sitting, lost in the story, and by the time I put it down, I was amazed by Weir's ability to evoke such genuine emotion. Read it: you'll be glad you did."