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Eggs in the Coffee Sheep in the Corn: My 17 Years as a Farmwife (Midwest Reflections) Paperback – September 15, 1994

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In 1943, Douglas and her husband gave up a suburban lifestyle to help her in-laws avoid the loss of the family farm. Written 50 years later, her account captures a time when farming was in transition: the house had no indoor plumbing, and women spent most of their time preparing food for numerous hired hands. Yet the farmers were beginning to use scientific husbandry and market analysis, and the acquisition of a first combine presaged the coming decline in manual labor. What was planned as a stay of a year or two grew to be nearly two decades, and Douglas describes both the gradual building of community ties and the tasks and trials of farm life. She arrived with no illusions of a rural Eden and had to adjust to grinding physical labor and stand up to an autocratic father-in-law. Douglas's "warts-and-all" account reveals that some neighbors rustled livestock and cheated one another. A valuable addition to regional collections or where interest in farm life is high.
Cheryl Childress, Collegiate Sch. Lib., Richmond, Va.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"What makes this book particularly worth reading, and refreshing, is its outlook. This is a relentlessly honest account of farm life." -- The Annals of Iowa, Fall 1995, No. 54
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Product Details

  • Series: Midwest Reflections
  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press; Trade Paperback Edition edition (September 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873512995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873512992
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,131,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on November 26, 2004
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Marjorie Myers never guessed she'd be spending the next 17 years of her life on an out of the way farm way the heck out in Western Minnesota; she'd been happy and content living the urban lifetsyle of busy, bustling St. Paul. But then she fell in love and got married, in the middle of World War II, and the next thing you know she was living among her in-laws, a mixed blessing at best. This is her memoir of her years in what amounted to another country for her, a time when she learned a lot about a simpler life and a more arduous one as well. For if America changed a lot between 1943 and the beginning of the "New Frontier," it never changed as much as for people living on stock ranches like Marjorie. She never thought she'd be killing animals, much less ones she had gotten to love as pets and friends, but the hard way of the farm got her used to it. At bottom she remained the same endearing, enchanting woman she had started out with, and you know what?

She came out of her experience a whole lot smarter and with more of a natuve wisdom about the way things work, not only on the farm but in the secret chambers of the human heart. If you like Mary Gaskell's novels of 19th century farm life, you will enjoy this true account, s beautifully written, of one'woman's farm wife experience, and you will grow to love her husband, "Don," and understand why a man like that could make a woman leave her former home and follow him even unto a farm not much removed from the famous COLD COMFORT FARM. Highly recommended for both city and country folk.
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I absolutely loved this book. I'm a city girl who at the time I read this book had been transplanted to a hobby farm in Kansas. I always recommend this book to any "newcomers" to the country. I was sad to see the book end! Definitely a must read!
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Well written account of farm life in the 1930's and 40's. To be honest I didn't finish it. Reading through modern eyes it was hard for me to comprehend giving up all hopes and dreams for a husband's wants. I feel marriage should be a coming together of equals and that certainly wasn't the case for most of history and certainly not in this story. Still, worth reading to get a true sense of what it must have been like.
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A well written book by a woman who, having been raised in the city, was not sure she wanted to be a farmer's wife. However, she fell right to work, trying her best to be just that. And for the most part she succeeded. I found it amusing that she worried so that her children, by living on a farm, would not be exposed to enough culture to grow up to be well rounded adults. I guess we farm-raised country folk just never realize how uncultured we are. Oh well, as they say, ignorance is bliss.
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If you like reading books about the good old days when life was without technology this is it. She writes about her life as a farmers wife and that life is not always easy, but it sure is rewarding. I would love to meet Marjorie Myers Douglas and hear all her stories. What a great lady.
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