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Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

GREAT READ FOR THOSE WHO GREW UP IN THE MIDWEST

This book was so good and brought back so many memories that I sent copies to each of my sisters,

posted by 596246 on February 23, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

The book was good enough, but doesn't deserve Top 10 for the year

I was excited to read this because I saw it was on the NYT's Top Ten Books of the Year list. But the book didn't live up to the hype! I would use the words "quaint" or "dear" to describe it. I felt like I was listening to my grandmother tell a story that seemed intere...
I was excited to read this because I saw it was on the NYT's Top Ten Books of the Year list. But the book didn't live up to the hype! I would use the words "quaint" or "dear" to describe it. I felt like I was listening to my grandmother tell a story that seemed interesting at first, but then repeated itself and ran on a little too long.
It was a book club read, so I did a little research. It turns out this was exactly what I described-- stories she had written down for her grandchildren, just to preserve the memories. Turns out a friend of a friend was a publisher and offered to publish the book and ended up being a much bigger deal than she ever intended.
Finally, I have to say that this was billed as such a good exploration of life in the Depression. The story, to me, did not have as much of the hard times that I would have expected from a farm in the middle of the Great Depression. The author's family seemed to do pretty well, eat pretty well, and not face as many of the challenges that I expected. Made the book a little less enlightening to me.

posted by BookClubReader on June 20, 2009

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