A charming story of growing up on a farm in the 20s - 40s. Life was hard but the family unit worked together and were happy. The usual sibling squabbling makes it so very believable. An average gal meets an average guy, marries and raises a family and prospers. Very pleasant reading .
This is an actual account of a mother's personal journal of her life in rural America. What a beautiful trip into the past. I thoroughly enjoyed it and my parents loved it. What a joy it was to share even more stories of how things were especially in light of how quickly our world is changing around us. This is a wonderful story to share and who knows. . . it may even encourage others to share their special experiences from years gone by.
"Growing Up Country" is the charming memoir of one woman's life in rural Ohio starting in 1930. I was fascinated by Lois Etchie Corwin's accounts of her childhood home, which had no running water or electricity. I enjoyed sharing in Lois's childhood and her teen years during the WWII era. My favorite parts were the "Childhood Adventures" and "School Days" sections, which featured anecdotes of Lois and her siblings' entertaining escapades. Many of these stories reminded me of the ones my grandparents told me about their childhoods. Reading this book brought on a wave of nostalgia for the simpler times of these bygone years.
I also enjoyed reading about Lois's dating days with her husband, Bill Corwin, as well as their newlywed days and the births of their children. I was especially touched by the story of the "three dollar dress" that has been passed down from Lois's daughter Debbie through the generations.
Most telling of all is Lois's comment that the farm was the best place for a kid to grow up, and she would do it all over again. After reading this book, I can definitely see why. Those kids sure had interesting lives!
I would recommend "Growing Up Country" to anyone who enjoys reading about history, or anyone looking for a fun, unique memoir. Awesome read!
Lois Corwin, the author of this memoir, must have been just magical at storytelling... because this book was both interesting and fun. (Except the butchering parts, which I had to skip through) It's more than words in a book, its full of heartfelt emotion, truths, and the real life journey of a family's life. It's colorful experiences pull you in and keeps you wanting to turn the next page. The author delivers the kind of down-home country and intensity rarely seen in today's books. It's a one of a kind journal that her children and grandchildren will treasure forever. It really reminded me so much of The Walton's I watched as a child. Great job Becky. Your mom must be looking down, just proud as punch.
I really enjoyed listening to Lynne Parish read these memoirs starting in the 1920's.It is very interesting to hear how things were in the good,or bad,old days.Ms Corwins family is very lucky that someone wrote it all down. I was gifted this book for an honest review.