Dr. Lauren Friesen is the author of “Prairie Lands, Private Landscapes” Reframing a Mennonite Childhood. Friesen is a native of Henderson who has written and taught extensively in the areas of art, theater, and religion. He is now a David M. French Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan and is a 1961 Henderson alumnus. The cover of his book is a painting by another Henderson native, Phil Epp.
This is a greatly revised edition from the 2015 version that Archway (a Simon and Schuster division) republished for Dr. Friesen. He is offering a free e-book of this revised edition to readers.
A reviewer with Barnes and Noble Press wrote this:
With a keen eye for detail and lyrical prose that is both mesmerizing and poignant, Lauren Friesen invites us into a world that is rapidly disappearing, a world of cultural traditions and legacies that are under threat from the forces of globalization and technological change. Through his eyes, we witness the struggles and challenges of a generation that is caught between the past and the present, tradition and modernity.
But amidst the turmoil and chaos, there is hope and inspiration to be found. Lauren Friesen’s unwavering commitment to the art of theater, a life rooted in faith, and the dedication to preserving cultural traditions, serve as a beacon of light in an uncertain world. This memoir is a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a poignant reminder of the importance of holding on to the things that make us who we are. A must-read for anyone who values the power of memory, cultural heritage, and the search for meaning in life.