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RICHARD SCHILLING. Portraits of the Prairie: The Land that Inspired Willa Cather

RICHARD SCHILLING. Portraits of the Prairie: The Land that Inspired Willa Cather. University of Nebraska Press, Hardcover, $33.23.

It is often called “Catherland” — Webster County, Nebraska, where the novelist Willa Cather spent her childhood and found inspiration for her stories of European immigrants on the prairie.  Richard Schilling, with his watercolor paintings and ink sketches, transports us to that land, to scenes that might have influenced Cather, but as they appear today. Nebraska Book Award, 2012 for Nonfiction.