“With wit and a straight-forward passion, Robert Leonard writes of the tough and tender daily lives of the Midwestern working class. He captures the voices and vicissitudes of the barbers and bartenders, farmers and butchers, factory and maintenance workers who are trying to survive and find their balance within their families and communities in today’s rural landscape. A poetry of the people, Deep Midwest rips off the fancy wrapping paper and gives you a glimpse a reality you may know, but never see captured elsewhere in literature.”–Mary Swander
Native Iowan Bob Leonard is an anthropologist who has conducted field research all over the world and he has published dozens of scientific books, papers, and newspaper articles, as well as an unusual ethnography of the taxi cab industry in Albuquerque titled Yellow Cab. He has written for Salon and The Hill, and continues to be an occasional contributor to the New York Times, and the Kansas City Star. He lives in Knoxville, Iowa.