Sunday, September 4, 2011

Little Heathens

Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm during the Great Depression

By Mildred Armstrong Kalish

This book honours a time, place and way of life that unfortunately is lost to most of us today. This book is a joy to read, allowing one to live vicariously the happy childhood that Ms. Kalish so joyously shares.

Family is the central focal point. It is, in fact the importance of family ties that drive the entire book. Each story stresses the bonds that hold family together through the thick and inevitable thin of farm life and the Great Depression.

It was the love and commitment of family that made each experience, each memory so ingrained and important to Mildred, as a child and sustained her throughout her life.

It is both a pleasure and a privilege to read this book. While not an easy life given the hardship of the times, it was a beautiful life. That Ms. Kalish immortalizes this time and life makes it all the more special. The way of life, the innocence and true simple pleasures may be gone. But thanks to Mildred Armstrong Kalish they will remain in hearts and minds. The spirit remains in this beautiful memoir.


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  2. This sounds like a really interesting book. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Too bad more people don't cherish these thoughts today! Thanks for sharing this book!