Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl delivers a treat as delicious as oatmeal cookies hot out of the oven - a memoir of a happy childhood. In charming and memorable vignettes, Carol Bodensteiner captures rural life in Middle America, in the middle of the 20th Century. Bodensteiner grew up on a family-owned dairy farm in the 1950s, a time when a family could make a good living on 180 acres. In these pages you can step back and relish a time simple but not easy, a time innocent yet challenging. If you grew up in rural America, these stories will trigger your memories and your senses, releasing a wealth of stories of your own. If the rural Midwest is foreign territory to you, Carol's stories will invite you into a fascinating and disappearing world.
©2008 Carol Bodensteiner (P)2015 Carol Bodensteiner
This book is a wonderful collection of real life events, with real families, & real people living real life on the farms of Iowa in the 1940s 1950s & 1960s. How do I know ? --well, As I listened, I felt as though the author was telling MY story, because I grew up on a farm in Iowa having the very same experiences. This book brought back many precious memories that I have ---growing up country.
The reader has a tone & lilt to her voice that made me visualize a Grandmother telling her grandchildren, who were listening intently, stories of when she was a girl.
The author has a true descriptive gift that makes the listener feel as though we are right there with her as she goes about her life on the farm. I loved the book & will listen to it again.
The narrator was perfect. I felt like I was on the farm, experiencing everything the writer did. The ending showed Carol's absolute passion for her subject. Awesome! Thank you, Dorothy Devers, too. Your telling was obviously well-prepared.
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