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Growing Up Country: Memories Of An Iowa Farm Girl (2008)

by Carol Bodensteiner(Favorite Author)
3.98 of 5 Votes: 2
0979799708 (ISBN13: 9780979799709)
Rising Sun Press
review 1: I read this book about six months ago and I still think about the story. It's a memoir of the author's childhood on a dairy farm in the 1940s and 50s. She is one of three sisters and was blessed with wonderful parents who were both amazingly hard workers. Their home was a warm one even though the girls all had many chores and when they turned 14 (am I remembering this age correctly?), they woke up at 4am to help out in the barn before going to school. The story comes across as idyllic and thus, almost unrealistic in its feel-good family. Thus, I was glad to read at the end that the author acknowledges this and decides that her parents were just realistic, positive and encouraging such that the author and her sisters enjoyed life.
review 2: Not by any stretch of
... more the imagination are memoirs my preferred reading and I had doubts about this one by merit of its title, but Carol Bodensteiner succeeded in making a convert of me with her charming collection of vignettes in “Growing Up Country.” This is a beautifully written book, with vivid descriptions of farm life in rural Iowa in the 1950s. It’s filled with interesting historical details, but they’re by no means one-dimensional. The author infuses her accounts of life back then with warmth and emotion that allows you to relive her memories with her. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I'm sure you will too. less
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Carol Bodensteiner paints beautiful pictures with words. Lovely book.
Back on the shelf for now...
Great story!!!
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