Bauer’s story is told clearly and convincingly and at times reaches a level of touching eloquence. . . . Will be a contribution to the understanding of the changes in rural life and family farms on the Great Plains from the 1910s to 1960s and appeal to anyone interested in Kansas history. --Rex Buchanan, author of Roadside Kansas: A Traveler’s Guide to Its Geology and Landmarks
Bauer’s work is very reminiscent of the classic Sod and Stubble. Descriptive and reflective, it leaves us with the powerful sense that something significant happened. I like it a lot. --Thomas D. Isern, author of Dakota Circle: Excursions on the True Plains
Arnold J. Bauer went from his family farm to study in Mexico and Berkeley and to teach Latin American Studies at the University of California at Davis. In 2005 he received the “Order of Merit Gabriela Mistral,” the highest recognition the Chilean government awards for contributions to education and culture. He lives in Davis.
excellent book showing the farm life in the 1930-1950 time period in northern Kansas in a German community.Published 3 months ago by John D.
Mr. Bauer is a very colorful writer. The book contains interesting accounts of growing up in a rural farming community in Kansas. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Harold
In this 150 page memoir, Bauer recalls his life growing up on his family's 160-acre farm in Kansas, starting in the 1930s. Read morePublished 14 months ago by John Melithoniotes
It was so well written, relating the life of that time. I felt that I was there and learned so muchPublished 14 months ago by jessica karneke
It was enthralling to me, but perhaps because there were a number of parallels with my own boyhood. An accurate report on a time long past.Published 18 months ago by Wallace B. Schroth
This book was very well put together. This is a lost way of life. Families needed each other to survive a very hard way of life.Published 21 months ago by Diane Brooks
Straightforward, unsentimental but touching account of farming in the midwest during the first half of the 20th century. Worthy to share the bookshelf with Wendell Berry.Published 24 months ago by NW Connecticut
This could have been much better if the author had been willing to describe his youth in much more detail, or if he were simply a better writer.Published on July 2, 2013 by arabella