Little Heathens

Author: Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553903780
Release Date: 2007-05-29
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

I tell of a time, a place, and a way of life long gone. For many years I have had the urge to describe that treasure trove, lest it vanish forever. So, partly in response to the basic human instinct to share feelings and experiences, and partly for the sheer joy and excitement of it all, I report on my early life. It was quite a romp. So begins Mildred Kalish’s story of growing up on her grandparents’ Iowa farm during the depths of the Great Depression. With her father banished from the household for mysterious transgressions, five-year-old Mildred and her family could easily have been overwhelmed by the challenge of simply trying to survive. This, however, is not a tale of suffering. Kalish counts herself among the lucky of that era. She had caring grandparents who possessed—and valiantly tried to impose—all the pioneer virtues of their forebears, teachers who inspired and befriended her, and a barnyard full of animals ready to be tamed and loved. She and her siblings and their cousins from the farm across the way played as hard as they worked, running barefoot through the fields, as free and wild as they dared. Filled with recipes and how-tos for everything from catching and skinning a rabbit to preparing homemade skin and hair beautifiers, apple cream pie, and the world’s best head cheese (start by scrubbing the head of the pig until it is pink and clean), Little Heathens portrays a world of hardship and hard work tempered by simple rewards. There was the unsurpassed flavor of tender new dandelion greens harvested as soon as the snow melted; the taste of crystal clear marble-sized balls of honey robbed from a bumblebee nest; the sweet smell from the body of a lamb sleeping on sun-warmed grass; and the magical quality of oat shocking under the light of a full harvest moon. Little Heathens offers a loving but realistic portrait of a “hearty-handshake Methodist” family that gave its members a remarkable legacy of kinship, kindness, and remembered pleasures. Recounted in a luminous narrative filled with tenderness and humor, Kalish’s memoir of her childhood shows how the right stuff can make even the bleakest of times seem like “quite a romp.” From the Hardcover edition.

The Routledge History of Rural America

Author: Pamela Riney-Kehrberg
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135054984
Release Date: 2016-04-14
Genre: History

First published in 2014. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Depression Dilemmas of Rural Iowa 1929 1933

Author: Lisa L. Ossian
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826272683
Release Date: 2012-01-01
Genre: History

To many rural Iowans, the stock market crash on New York’s Wall Street in October 1929 seemed an event far removed from their lives, even though the effects of the crash became all too real throughout the state. From 1929 to 1933, the enthusiastic faith that most Iowans had in Iowan President Herbert Hoover was transformed into bitter disappointment with the federal government. As a result, Iowans directly questioned their leadership at the state, county, and community levels with a renewed spirit to salvage family farms, demonstrating the uniqueness of Iowa’s rural life. Beginning with an overview of the state during 1929, Lisa L. Ossian describes Iowa’s particular rural dilemmas, evoking, through anecdotes and examples, the economic, nutritional, familial, cultural, industrial, criminal, legal, and political challenges that engaged the people of the state. The following chapters analyze life during the early Depression: new prescriptions for children’s health, creative housekeeping to stretch resources, the use of farm “playlets” to communicate new information creatively and memorably, the demise of the soft coal mining industry, increased violence within the landscape, and the movement to end Prohibition. The challenges faced in the early Great Depression years between 1929 and 1933 encouraged resourcefulness rather than passivity, creativity rather than resignation, and community rather than hopelessness. Of particular interest is the role of women within the rural landscape, as much of the increased daily work fell to farm women during this time. While the women addressed this work simply as “making do,” Ossian shows that their resourcefulness entailed complex planning essential for families’ emotional and physical health. Ossian’s epilogue takes readers into the Iowa of today, dominated by industrial agriculture, and asks the reader to consider if this model that stemmed from Depression-era innovation is sustainable. Her rich rural history not only helps readers understand the particular forces at work that shaped the social and physical landscape of the past but also traces how these landscapes have continued in various forms for almost eighty years into this century.

Read On History

Author: Tina Frolund
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781610694322
Release Date: 2013-10-21
Genre: Education

Make history come alive! This book helps librarians and teachers as well as readers themselves find books they will enjoy—titles that will animate and explain the past, entertain, and expand their minds.

Iowa

Author: Jeri Freedman
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 1448800374
Release Date: 2010-01-15
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Presents the history, geography, government, economy, and people of Iowa, as well as general facts about the state.

Julie Julia

Author: Julie Powell
Publisher:
ISBN: 3442471338
Release Date: 2009
Genre:


Remembered Childhoods

Author: Jeffrey E. Long
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
ISBN: 1591581745
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Presents a guide to more than 2,800 autobiographies published between 1725 and 2007 arranged in categories that reflect shared themes and characteristics.

Der Sohn der Schatten

Author: Juliet Marillier
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 9783426435182
Release Date: 2015-04-01
Genre: Fiction

»Wir stehen einer Feindin gegenüber, die uns schon lange bedroht«, sagte die Herrin des Waldes. »Sie hat die Menschen und die Feen überlistet, und nun hat sie die ganze Zukunft unseres Volkes in der Hand.« Die junge Kräuterkundige Liadan besitzt eine besondere Gabe: Sie kann nicht nur den Körper heilen, sondern auch Geist und Seele. Doch nun scheint es an ihr zu sein, weit mehr als das zu tun – denn das Schicksal ihrer Heimat Sevenwaters hängt von ihr ab. Hin- und hergerissen zwischen den Befehlen des alten Feenvolks und dem Wunsch, ihren eigenen Gefühlen zu folgen, muss Liadan eine schicksalsträchtige Entscheidung treffen ... Der zweite Band der bezaubernden Erfolgsserie von Juliet Marillier! Alle Romane der magischen Sevenwaters-Saga in der Reihenfolge ihres Erscheinens: »Die Tochter der Wälder«, »Der Sohn der Schatten«, »Das Kind der Stürme« und »Die Erben von Sevenwaters«. Begeisterte Leserstimmen: »Die Geschichte um Sevenwaters sollte jeder einmal gelesen haben.« »Fesselnd von Anfang bis Ende, ein spannendes Abenteuer und zugleich romantisch.« »Juliet Marillier lässt ihre Geschichten leben.« »Die Autorin versteht es einfach, mich nach wenigen Sätzen zu packen und mich so lange in ihrem Bann zu halten, bis ich das Buch komplett gelesen habe.«

Fargo Rock City

Author: Chuck Klosterman
Publisher:
ISBN: 3927638382
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Heavy metal (Music)


Rekorder

Author: John Darnielle
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 9783732549382
Release Date: 2017-12-21
Genre: Fiction

In einer Videothek in einer Kleinstadt inmitten Iowas tauchen seltsame und unheimliche Filmschnipsel auf den Leihkassetten auf. Dunkle und grobkörnige Szenen, die in einer Scheune aufgenommen wurden. Sie dauern nur ein paar Minuten und zeigen möglicherweise S/M-Spiele, vielleicht sogar eine Folterung. Der Videotheksmitarbeiter Jeremy will nichts mit der Sache zu tun haben, doch als die Dorflehrerin Stephanie die Scheune in den Videos wiedererkennt, muss er handeln. Die Suche nach der Wahrheit hinter den Videos führt Jeremy und Stephanie in die Vergangenheit.

Der Sommer liegt noch vor dir

Author: Jennifer Lauck
Publisher:
ISBN: 3442457467
Release Date: 2004
Genre:

Auf erste Erfahrungen von familiärer Geborgenheit, liebevoller Zuneigung und kindlichen Glücks folgt eine Geschichte namenloser Not und abgrundtiefer Verlassenheit, gesehen und empfunden aus der Perspektive eines Kindes. Jennifer ist gerade sieben Jahre alt, als mit dem Tod ihrer geliebten Mutter eine Welt für sie zusammenbricht. Die erneute Heirat des Vaters verschlimmert die Situation nur.

Das Fl stern der Stille

Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9783959676083
Release Date: 2016-11-07
Genre: Fiction

Als sie an einem sonnigen Morgen im August aufwachen, stellen zwei Familien fest, dass ihre Töchter über Nacht verschwunden sind. Die siebenjährige Calli, ein verträumtes Kind, das seit seinem vierten Lebensjahr kein Wort mehr gesprochen hat, und Petra, ihre beste Freundin, ihre Seelenverwandte und ihre Stimme. Bei der verzweifelten Suche der Eltern schlägt die gegenseitige Unterstützung schnell in Misstrauen um. Und bald schon müssen alle der Wahrheit ins Auge sehen: Niemand ist so unschuldig, wie es scheint - und einer von ihnen könnte ein Mörder sein ... "Heather Gudenkauf besitzt das seltene Talent, eine Geschichte poetisch zu erzählen und gleichzeitig eine beinahe unerträgliche Spannung aufzubauen." New York Times-Bestsellerautorin Tess Gerritsen