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Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl by [Bodensteiner, Carol]
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Carol s book evolves into a page turner, not because of high drama but rather because we come to care for this little girl who is living a good, simple life that has evaporated. --Mary Kay Shanley, author, 'She Taught Me to Eat Artichokes' and 'The Memory Box'

Carol's book celebrates a unique and important time in the history of rural America. Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl is up on my bookshelf where I keep all the books I enjoy re-reading, and that is the highest compliment I can give it. --Mark Pearson, host of the Public Television show Market to Market and co-host of the Big Show on WHO Radio

If you have ever milked cows, made hay, wondered about Santa Claus, or had your dad shush you at the noon dinner table while the markets were on, you will identify with these situations. --Lee Kline, farm broadcaster, WHO Radio

About the Author

Carol Bodensteiner is a writer who finds inspiration in the places, people, culture, and history of the Midwest. Born in Iowa and raised on her family's dairy farm, Carol grew up with a love of the land and an appreciation for family that form the foundation of her writing. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and Drake University, Carol built a successful career in public relations consulting before turning to creative writing. She is a regular participant in the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Carol blogs about writing, her prairie, gardening, and whatever in life interests her at the moment. Her writing has been published in several anthologies. She published her memoir GROWING UP COUNTRY in 2008. Her debut novel GO AWAY HOME was published in 2014.

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  • File Size: 3385 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Rising Sun Press; 2 edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047GNDYI
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By Clare Chu on September 7, 2012
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The vignettes are authentic, heartwarming and inspiring. The author's voice is exactly that of a ten to twelve year old girl. She speaks as a child would and transports the reader back in time to her kitchen, barn, or field. Each adventure was a complete story, with a goal, tension, hoped for outcome and a lesson.

I loved every one of the stories, except for the one about the cow with milk fever and the last one. But such is life, and the bad times are not papered over. I came to know Carol, her two sisters, two grandmothers, mom and dad, and her schoolmates and Mrs. Fowler almost as if they were my own neighbors. Carol, or Squirt, took me through her lessons, mischief, trials and accomplishments. My chest fill with pride when Squirt accomplished her goals, whether it was lifting a milk pail, or selling her radishes, and I felt keen disappointments at her setbacks, especially the 4H club, the bet, and the carny.

This book was so rich and filled adventures and historical information, I wouldn't be surprised if it were read in history classes. It went beyond farm life to the way people lived, interacted, hoped and feared during the pre-Sputnik times. Carol combined the voice of her childhood with her wiser adult voice looking back in a seamless manner. It's incredible how much detail she remembered from fifty years ago. What a wonderfully nostalgic view of life in time and place that no longer exists. Carol has done an excellent job of preserving it, much like her mother preserved vegetables, she preserved memories.
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Each chapter in this heartwarming book stands alone, giving a glimpse into one facet of rural life in 1950s Iowa. But I could not stop after one chapter or two, because Carol Bodensteiner paints with such a delicate brush the details of farm life that I wanted to be there with her, feeling the breeze, pulling at a cow's udder, playing in the hay mow. I did not grow up on a farm, but still I found the book charming and highly readable. For anyone who grew up on a farm, Carol has told their story and told it beautifully.
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Like most people, I grew up with certain TV shows engrained in my memory. One of those that still stirs a warm, fuzzy glow of nostalgia is The Waltons… the close-knit community, the simple pleasures, the hard manual work and the sometimes bucolic ease. I wanted to live on Walton’s Mountain and I hankered after a porch with a swing seat where I could sip on a cool homemade lemonade just the way the Walton family did.

I never did get that porch with the swing seat but, now, thanks to Carol Bodenstiener, I can get to have that warm, fuzzy feeling all over again. Her book, Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl, is the closest thing I think I’ll get to that Walton experience. Bodensteiner’s beautifully written book recounts her life growing up with her sisters and parents on an Iowa dairy farm in the Sixties and Seventies. It is a life that is certainly seen through rose-tinted glasses, but it is all the better for that because Bodensteiner captures it perfectly.

This is a charming book, full of great descriptive writing in a series of short stories that encapsulate life in those times. Life in the Bodensteiner childhood wasn’t short of chores – from killing and plucking chickens to bringing in the hay or milking the cows. However, it was also a life filled with love – both for the work itself and for those doing it.

A good author, I feel, is one who can make passages seem economic and effortless. Bodensteiner achieves this with aplomb. She is a very gifted writer and one who can put you in a scene immediately.

My stomach rumbled and my nose twitched as I practically tasted the homemade pies and smelled the fried chicken as it cooked in her childhood home.
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The memories that are woven through the pages of this wonderful memoir are so visceral and real you can practically smell the air and feel the wind on your face. But it is the portrait of this family and their home that is so vividly rendered. It's hard to imagine nowadays the kind of work ethic that existed then, one that was simply a matter of course, when most business was done on a handshake and you could sign a counter check in almost any store. It's hard to believe life was so simple and so well lived. It's hard not to wonder if we have not lost something since, but that's unfair. A perspective can never be so clear except in hindsight.

And that is the gift of this memoir, the perspective that is given and the vision of a time in history that is mostly gone now along with the way of privately held farms. I so enjoyed my visit through the pages. If you're looking for something to read that's heartwarming and endearing, a book to tuck up with on a Sunday afternoon, or any afternoon, I highly recommend this one. You will love it.
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"Growing up Country" is a must read for anyone who is interested in farming, the Midwest, Iowa or want to learn more what life was like for rural Americans in the middle of the 20th century. If you lived on a farm or lived in Iowa I would especially reccomend this book. It is full of comical, touching, and warm stories that will make it hard to put the book down. I am just a college student who has grown up in Iowa on a dairy farm. This book is so interesting because I can relate to most of the stories and find this book like looking at a mirror. Whether you have a farm background or not, this book is a must read because it inspires us readers to reflect on our own history and the people, places, and stories that have made an impact on our lives.
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