Review of Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl by Carol Bodensteiner

I did an interview with Carol a while back (click here to read it) and while memoirs are not normally something I read, checking out the book before I did the interview intrigued me.

So I got a copy of Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl and started reading.

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.

Memories last a lifetime.

I loved every page. I can’t think of single story in the book that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy reading.

Carol shares so many memories in such a beautiful way, I felt like I was right there with her. I walked next to her and struggled with her as she hefted milk buckets for the very first time. I ran with her to escape the cow. I clung to the steering wheel with her, in the hot afternoon during hay season, as she did her best to keep the tractor straight. Each memory is vividly recalled.

She did a great job of maintaining a dual voice in it. The voice of her younger self and how her younger self saw the world, and the voice of her adult self, looking back. An amazing feat.

This is a book well worth reading. A true gem in the world of books, its a memoir that doesn’t read like a memoir, with the true events of an older time told in full color and emotion. This is one of those books that stays with you long after you set it down. I gave it five stars.

My only complaint, it ended too soon. I could have kept reading those stories for a long time and been perfectly happy.

Click here to buy Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl.

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