Book Description

Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl by Carol BodensteinerGenre: Memoir

Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl delivers a treat as delicious as oatmeal cookies hot out of the oven – a memoir of a happy childhood. In charming and memorable vignettes, Carol Bodensteiner captures rural life in middle America, in the middle of the 20th Century. Bodensteiner grew up on a family-owned dairy farm in the 1950s, a time when a family could make a good living on 180 acres. In these pages you can step back and relish a time simple but not easy, a time innocent yet challenging. If you grew up in rural America, these stories will trigger your memories and your senses, releasing a wealth of stories of your own. If the rural Midwest is foreign territory to you, Carol s stories will invite you into a fascinating and disappearing world.

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

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IBD Verdict

The farms are still there, but the lifestyles have changed. The US country side is no longer what it used to be. But not so long ago, the best childhood experiences to be had were in the country side. Carol’s memoir evokes nostalgia and gives a firsthand experience of what it’s like growing up in a farm. This childhood memoir isn’t about ill happenings or suffering, but about a happy rural childhood that most of us have missed.

Book Insight

  • File Size: 1092 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0979799708
  • Publisher: Rising Sun Press; 2 edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047GNDYI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled

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Carol Bodensteiner was born (1948) in Maquoketa, Iowa, and raised on her family’s dairy farm in eastern Iowa.

Carol’s first book, “Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl,” a memoir about her childhood, was published in 2008. In her memoir, Carol shares stories about growing up in the middle of the country, in the middle of the 20th Century. She enjoyed a way of farm life that is rapidly disappearing from the American landscape.

In 2012, she added her voice to the voices of women worldwide in a collection of writings that is inspired by the seasons of the year. “Winter: Women’s Stories, Poems and Inspiration for the Season of Rest and Renewal,” was released in April. Writing inspired by the other seasons of the year will follow.

In 2010, she joined 170 other writers in a collaborative project on the state of social media. “The Age of Conversation 3″ explores the shift of social media from the hypothetical to a staple in the modern marketing toolbox.

Carol earned her undergraduate degree in speech and English education from the University of Northern Iowa and her master’s degree in mass communication from Drake University.

Since 1999 when she left a 25-year career working in public relations agencies, Carol has worked as an independent consultant and freelance writer. When she followed her heart into creative writing, Carol became a frequent participant in the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

Carol is working on a novel – historical fiction set circa 1914.

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