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

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

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by Mildred Kalish, Ruth Ann Phimister
     
 

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One of the 10 Best Books of 2007 (New York Times Book Review), Mildred Armstrong Kalish's Little Heathens is a compelling memoir of her hardscrabble life on an Iowa farm during the 1930s. With no electricity or indoor plumbing and with little heat or money on the farm, Mildred learns to find joy in the priceless blessings of life.

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One of the 10 Best Books of 2007 (New York Times Book Review), Mildred Armstrong Kalish's Little Heathens is a compelling memoir of her hardscrabble life on an Iowa farm during the 1930s. With no electricity or indoor plumbing and with little heat or money on the farm, Mildred learns to find joy in the priceless blessings of life.

"This … intelligent memoir … radiates the joy of a vanished way of life."—Booklist

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ISBN-13:
9781436118651
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
05/22/2008

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Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
BookClubReader More than 1 year ago
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.
dogloverkt More than 1 year ago
Mildred Kalish is a wonderful storyteller. She includes just the right details, snippets of conversation and description to make the characters come alive. Even though she writes about her family, she makes reader feel part of her Iowa clan. I would rank it right up there with Ralph Moody's Little Britches, or even Laura Ingalls Wilder's reminiscences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good and brought back so many memories that I sent copies to each of my sisters,
DaytonReader More than 1 year ago
I'm sure this book has received many favorable comments and I agree that it is a very good book. For me it was a "lunch-time" book, read in 10 to 12 page doses over lunch at my desk. My older relatives would have easily related with many of the stories. The only things new I would add are 1) that there might have been a few too many recipies; still they show the amazing recall of detail that makes the book a standout; and 2) there were a few places such as the discussions about profanity that might have not really been necessary. But all in all it was a delightful book and those lunches were enjoyable breaks during busy and stressful days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It made me feel like I could write the story of my own growing-up years and someone would actually want to read it. I've already tried the recipe for 'porcupines' and bought a copy for my mother!
8EE01 More than 1 year ago
A sweet little book of rememberings.  Nothing worthy of the Pulitzer, but a fun read with some interesting tidbits of information from the Depression era.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic memoir. Highly recommended .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We used this book for family homeschool read-a-loud time. I love to read stories of the good ol days, this is one of them. I will say, I had to skip a couple parts that were inappropriate for children, but overall the book was very good and did an excellend job of portraying a wonderful time when life was simpler, less complicated, and more pleasant. The writer transports you to the IA countryside and reminds you that we don't need all the electronics and bells and whistles to have a good life.
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WONDERFUL BOOK!!!! I'm still reading it but I cannot put it down!!!!
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cherisen More than 1 year ago
I had borrowed it from the library. After reading a few chapters, I knew that I had to own the book. I ordered an extra one for a gift. I want my children to read it when they are older.
McGuffyAnn More than 1 year ago
This book honours a time, place and way of life that unfortunately is lost to most of us today. This book is a joy to read, allowing one to live vicariously the happy childhood that Ms. Kalish so joyously shares. Family is the central focal point. It is, in fact the importance of family ties that drive the entire book. Each story stresses the bonds that hold family together through the thick and inevitable thin of farm life and the Great Depression. It was the love and commitment of family that made each experience, each memory so ingrained and important to Mildred, as a child and sustained her throughout her life. It is both a pleasure and a privilege to read this book. While not an easy life given the hardship of the times, it was a beautiful life. That Ms. Kalish immortalizes this time and life makes it all the more special. The way of life, the innocence and true simple pleasures may be gone. But thanks to Mildred Armstrong Kalish they will remain in hearts and minds. The spirit remains in this beautiful memoir.
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Warain81 More than 1 year ago
I started thhis book the day after I came back from my grandma's funeral . She was 102 and had been a Minnesota farm girl and farm wiife . She was salt of the earth type ......just like the grandprentxs in this wonderful book. I have read probably thousands of books and i sincerely say this was one of the very best !!!!! July 2011.
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