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Andrea Barrett, author of The Air We Breathe (W.W. Norton & Company, 2007)

The Columbia Daily Tribune, June 14, 2009.

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“Barrett’s prose winds its way through the gorgeous scenery of the Adirondacks in northeastern New York, where the chill of the open mountain air was said to help cure diseased spots on the patients’ lungs.”


William Least Heat-Moon, author of Blue Highways (Little, Brown and Company, 1983) and Road to Quoz (Little, Brown and Company, 2008)

The Columbia Daily Tribune, January 4, 2009.

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“’Nothing sharpens a traveler for the road better than the grindstone of home,’ Heat-Moon writes, and that grindstone is right here in Columbia on an old tobacco farm near the Missouri River. He ventured into town on a snowy afternoon in December to nosh on red beans and rice and talk about fueling his curiosity, amassing his collection of travel accounts and looking for the untouched parts of America.”


Jessica Orsini, the first openly transgender person to hold public office in the United States. 

Vox magazine, April 24, 2008.

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“Although Jessica Orsini’s tiny office, nestled in the depths of the MU Agriculture building, was originally built as part of a fallout shelter, she is not trying to hide.”