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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Out of the Box Publishing Company, LLC (January 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615340660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615340661
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,629,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Faith A. Draper on March 10, 2010
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Living in the Heartland: Three Extraordinary Women's Stories by Pamela Ferris-Olson gives a unique look into the lives and history of three minority women. These women have endured hardships similar to many women in America. However, they have done so, while at the same time struggling with the problems that come with being part of a minority group.

The author has written the book in a way that leaves the reader feeling like they have met the three 'extraordinary women' in person. Rather than a straight biography form of writing, Ferris-Olson has written Living in the Heartland: Three Extraordinary Women's Stories to include interviews, thoughts and letters from the women themselves, as well as input from friends, family, and counter-parts.

The three women in the book are not Nobel Peace Prize winners; notable movie stars, or married to a famous politician. Once reading the book and these women's stories though, you will walk away with a feeling each one deserves a special award. You might not expect to find three remarkable heroines in the Heartland of America, but in sharing the ladies struggles, determination, and successes you will no doubt look differently at minority groups.

As Pamela Ferris-Olson states: "Ife, Nancy, Ellyn, and the other women openly and earnestly shared their stories with me. They believed in this project. I owe it to them to see their stories are told so others might benefit."

First, you will meet Nancy. A Native American who is proud of her heritage but at the same time struggled with the confines of the reservation and the limits of a future imposed there. Nancy joined the United States Navy but struggled with issues of self-esteem, abusive relationships, and isolation. None of it stopped her from pursuing a better life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Spokane on February 12, 2010
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"Living..." is a series of imtimate stories about three women, facing real challeges that can easily become overwhelming. These women "stay with the program" and and are making a difference in the world. Ms Ferris-Olson writes an excellent story that can inspire others ot lead a life of purpose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 12, 2010
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One makes their way through life by meeting challenges head on. "Living in the Heartland: Three Extraordinary Women's Stories" is a collection of memoirs recorded by Pamela Ferris-Olson as she seeks to tell the life stories of three particular women who rose up and faced the challenges of their life and what made them above others with their attitudes that stood against the grain. For those seeking stories of inspirational women, "Living in the Heartland" is intriguing and highly worthwhile reading.
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Format: Paperback
Author: Pamela Ferris-Olson
ISBN: 978-0-615-34066-1
Publisher: Out of the Box Publishing Company LLC
Living in the Heartland - Three Extraordinary Women's Stories

This book is about three women and the choices they made for their lives. Each woman, a different nationality with perhaps more in common than they knew, all living in the Dayton area. These real women, Nancy, Ife, and Ellyn give us a detailed view of their experiences through life and what those choices meant to them and their families. These are ordinary women doing ordinary things. They are women that have not always made the best decision when you look at it from the reader's point of view but they still learned from their mistakes and made the best of their situations.

Pamela Ferris-Olson keeps the tone of the book in check in a way I have never read an author do prior to her. The tone never takes on the "feel sorry for me" tone prevalent in so many books about women and their choices. The almost proud tone is refreshing in that it doesn't apologize to anyone for what happened nor does it take on a "blaming" attitude that circumstances were to blame for choices these women made. This alone is heartwarming as women are survivors and in spite of the bad choices that are made over and over again sometimes, these, like so many women find their way out of situations using their strength and eventual wisdom.

I felt the Introduction was longer than necessary and almost took on a tone of justification of why the book was written, which was surprising considering the tone of the remainder of the book.

The author took Ellyn's story and seemed to dig deeper into the family since Ellyn was adopted.
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