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All Anybody Ever Wanted of Me Was to Work: The Memoirs of Edith Bradley Rendleman (Shawnee Books) Paperback – Bargain Price, February 26, 1996
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"Recalling the details of a long and well-remembered life, these memoirs communicate a way of living far different from that lived now. In the small and large details of daily life, this account reveals many of the changes that worked a revolution in farm life. It is told neither to celebrate the pastthat life was far too difficult and loveless to wish to return tonor to celebrate the present there is too much heartache and loneliness for that. Rather, Edith seems motivated by an urge to communicate across the generations, to break through the loneliness imposed by being formed in a different time, a time that those raised since World War II have difficulty imagining."Jane Adams, from the Introduction
Readers familiar with the picturesque towns of Cobden, Anna, Jonesboro, Alto Pass, and Dongola will delight in this memoir by Edith Rendleman, who’s lived all of her life in Union County. . . Edith tells of a bygone era with a freshness and simplicity that makes one feel like this all happened last week. . . Reading her book is like leafing through an old photograph album.”Springfield State Journal-Register
About the Author
Edith Bradley Rendleman is a retired farm wife and homemaker, a community volunteer and member of civic organizations, and a local historian and genealogist.
Jane Adams, an associate professor of anthropology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, is the author of The Transformation of Rural Life: Southern Illinois, 18901990.
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Also if your just beginning your family research, you may believe that this is not your family. But once you've spent some time and branched out, it's amazing to find just how many people your related to afterall. So it could turn out that your related to the people in Edith Rendleman's book. Turns out I have some distant relatives in her book that two years ago I didn't know about.