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Nothing to Do But Stay Paperback – January 1, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
I loved the people in this book. They worked
so hard to pull a living out of this land and to see that their children were educated. They were
honest and true friends to their neighbors, paid
debts, perservered against years of hardship.
I always told my mother she should have written a book. Well she never did. I think this is as
close as I will ever get to that wish.
I hope everyone will take a look at this book to
get a glimpse, true and untarnished of what
people in North Dakota and life in North Dakota
was like in the first half of this century.
This warm, hopeful testament to a woman's courage tells the story of Carrine Gafkjen, who--all alone, and with the single-minded, strong-hearted independence that is often obscured in men's stories about women--homesteaded 160 acres of North Dakota prairie. That was in 1904, and Carrine Gafjken spent the next eight years working for money in the winter and returning to her homestead in the summer. By the time she was thirty, she owned 320 acres of productive land. In 1912 she married Sever Berg. They sold his homestead and took up residence on hers, and over the next decade she bore six healthy children, the last of whom has told us her story in a style that is as strong, clear, and direct as Carrine herself. This is story with no frills or fancy lace, a story of hard work and tough times, but through it all runs hope and love for the land and a firm belief that perseverance will win out in the end.
To my mind, the best books are like this one, valuable in ways too many to count. I not only learned important things about life on the Dakota prairie, but I learned some very good ways to tell a story, to give voice to someone who can no longer speak for herself and who must live--if she continues to live--chiefly in the words of a writer and the heart of a reader. Carrie Young is a fine teacher for any aspiring writer, and her stories about her mother's life are instructive examples of story-telling at its best.
by Susan Wittig Albert
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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Excellent book on life on American farms in the early 1920's. Story is about farmers in North Dakota and reflects all farming the America mid-west.Published 10 days ago by J. Thomas Christenson
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Very interesting book, It tells why USA is great with people like that.Published 13 months ago by Vincenthneuman
I read history instead of fiction because what really happened is so much more incredible than anything a fiction writer can come up with. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Murphymuffins
One of my all time favorite books. At least my third time reading it. What a woman of courage she was. It was a good history of the area and time.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived on time in good condition. Somewhat dry read, but will be of interest to those of Norwegian descent.
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