I enjoyed this book and it was difficult to put it down once I started reading.
This is a history of Lee Sandlin's family, beginning with a description of the family farm house in southern Illinois that his great grandparents built.
Reading about Clarence and Mary is one of the most uplifting love stories but alas, times were also hard for the family.
Lee Sandlin is an extraordinary writer and story teller. Whether you are from Illinois or not, this book will hold your attention from start to finish. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sandra K. Gorin
The Distancers by Lee Sandlin was a warm spot in my winter evenings. I enjoy memoirs due to the intimate nature of peering into another's life, but this particular story had a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sunday Kazas
I bought this book since it takes place in my town (which is also the town my Mother grew up in so I have been a part of it for my 60+ years). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Regular Buyer
Well written and interesting. But my main interest in the book was the fact that I grew up in Edwardsville, in Leclaire, in fact. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dick Marti
The Distancers is a tightly written, elegant account of ordinary life among generations of one family. Read morePublished 12 months ago by janetruth
From the author's personal history point of view, I see the value of this book and the work that went into it. From my point of view, there wasn't much there. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lillybug
This masterfully written memoir contains a distillate of events spanning five generations of the Sehnert family, starting from the author's great-great-great-grandparents, who... Read morePublished 13 months ago by MyBeesWax
Despite being all for reading a bit of someone's family history, I admit I had a bit of a struggle getting into this. While the book seemed professional enough, it also seemed... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Emily J. Morris
Growing up in the midwest, with extended family members scattered in small towns across Missouri, this story seemed wonderfully familiar, and really took me back to summers spent... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carol C.