Little Heathens

Little Heathens

Hard Times and High Spirits on An Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

Paperback - 2008
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A memoir from a schoolteacher of growing up in the heart of the Midwest during the Great Depression describes her close family life on an Iowa farm during a time of endless work and resourcefulness, with no tolerance for idleness or waste.
Published: New York : Bantam Books, 2008.
Edition: Bantam trade pbk ed.
ISBN: 9780553384246
Branch Call Number: 977.761 KAL
Characteristics: x, 292 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.


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Apr 13, 2017

This personal memoir about life in rural Iowa during the Depression is chock full of both charm and energy. Reading it is like taking a trip to a foreign country because the life described is so different from what we experience today. Although much was grim and hard work was the norm, the author remembers it all with great affection and I was filled with admiration and awe at the resourcefulness and self-sufficiency of this family. One warning, however: This book is a stream of memories and there's no real story arc or character development. It's not a novel. And sometimes the narrative bogs down in detail.

Nov 20, 2012

I loved this book. Although I many generations removed from farm life, I was surprised at how many aspects of her life were part of the total culture of the time. I went back and took notes on everything from recipes to remedies.


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