From Library Journal
Dyck (1884-1955) and her husband began farming in southwestern Kansas in 1905. By the 1930s, they were established farmers who managed to keep their farm throughout the Dust Bowl years. In the portion of her diary included here (1936-41), the reader feels her loneliness and frustration with the never-ending dust and chores. But as the text reveals, Dyck also had her pleasures, like listening to the radio. In editing this work, Riney-Kehrberg (Rooted in Dust) has shortened entries and added footnotes but kept the language and spelling of the original. This enhances the picture one gets of Dyck (who spoke German as a child and had a very limited education) but makes it harder to read the diary. Still, this is a valuable record for researchers in the areas of history and women's studies, especially since there is so little information available about women's lives in rural America. Recommended for academic libraries.ALinda L. McEwan, Elgin Community Coll., IL
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"Dyck's diary is a treasure trove for historians; detailed personal accounts written by ordinary people, and especially by farm women, living in the dust bowl region during the 1930s are rare.... Moreover, Riney-Kehrberg's introductory essay, 'A Woman in Her World,' provides a rich interpretive foundation for the diary, acquainting the reader with Mary Dyck's background, her children, her community, her farm, and agricultural and economic conditions of the 1930s." - Great Plains Quarterly; "As an historical document that details the life of an uneducated, middle-aged farm woman on the Great Plains, one that was 'defined by family, home, and farm,' and as a report on the Dust Bowl and its impact on farmers and families, Waiting on the Bounty is an essential work." - Nebraska History"