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"If you have ever milked cows, made hay, dressed chickens, or wondered about Santa Claus ... you'll identify with these situations." --Lee Kline, WHO Radio "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's living a good, simple life."--Mary Kay Shanley, author "Celebrates an important time in the history of American agriculture."--Mark Pearson, host of "Market to Market," Iowa Public Television Growing Up Country "is an inspiration. We've had a good life with the cows. Thanks for the memories."--another farm girl who grew up country

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3385 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Rising Sun Press; 2 edition (Oct. 1 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047GNDYI
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ce0b94) out of 5 stars A book of milk and honey Sept. 13 2008
By Mary - Published on
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Each chapter in this heartwarming book stands alone, giving a glimpse into one facet of rural life in 1950s Iowa. But I could not stop after one chapter or two, because Carol Bodensteiner paints with such a delicate brush the details of farm life that I wanted to be there with her, feeling the breeze, pulling at a cow's udder, playing in the hay mow. I did not grow up on a farm, but still I found the book charming and highly readable. For anyone who grew up on a farm, Carol has told their story and told it beautifully.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e0de40) out of 5 stars Incredibly authentic and heartfelt - I felt like I was there with them Sept. 7 2012
By Clare Chu - Published on
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The vignettes are authentic, heartwarming and inspiring. The author's voice is exactly that of a ten to twelve year old girl. She speaks as a child would and transports the reader back in time to her kitchen, barn, or field. Each adventure was a complete story, with a goal, tension, hoped for outcome and a lesson.

I loved every one of the stories, except for the one about the cow with milk fever and the last one. But such is life, and the bad times are not papered over. I came to know Carol, her two sisters, two grandmothers, mom and dad, and her schoolmates and Mrs. Fowler almost as if they were my own neighbors. Carol, or Squirt, took me through her lessons, mischief, trials and accomplishments. My chest fill with pride when Squirt accomplished her goals, whether it was lifting a milk pail, or selling her radishes, and I felt keen disappointments at her setbacks, especially the 4H club, the bet, and the carny.

This book was so rich and filled adventures and historical information, I wouldn't be surprised if it were read in history classes. It went beyond farm life to the way people lived, interacted, hoped and feared during the pre-Sputnik times. Carol combined the voice of her childhood with her wiser adult voice looking back in a seamless manner. It's incredible how much detail she remembered from fifty years ago. What a wonderfully nostalgic view of life in time and place that no longer exists. Carol has done an excellent job of preserving it, much like her mother preserved vegetables, she preserved memories.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2dcb918) out of 5 stars A wonderful book Feb. 26 2013
By David Lawlor - Published on
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Like most people, I grew up with certain TV shows engrained in my memory. One of those that still stirs a warm, fuzzy glow of nostalgia is The Waltons… the close-knit community, the simple pleasures, the hard manual work and the sometimes bucolic ease. I wanted to live on Walton’s Mountain and I hankered after a porch with a swing seat where I could sip on a cool homemade lemonade just the way the Walton family did.

I never did get that porch with the swing seat but, now, thanks to Carol Bodenstiener, I can get to have that warm, fuzzy feeling all over again. Her book, Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl, is the closest thing I think I’ll get to that Walton experience. Bodensteiner’s beautifully written book recounts her life growing up with her sisters and parents on an Iowa dairy farm in the Sixties and Seventies. It is a life that is certainly seen through rose-tinted glasses, but it is all the better for that because Bodensteiner captures it perfectly.

This is a charming book, full of great descriptive writing in a series of short stories that encapsulate life in those times. Life in the Bodensteiner childhood wasn’t short of chores – from killing and plucking chickens to bringing in the hay or milking the cows. However, it was also a life filled with love – both for the work itself and for those doing it.

A good author, I feel, is one who can make passages seem economic and effortless. Bodensteiner achieves this with aplomb. She is a very gifted writer and one who can put you in a scene immediately.

My stomach rumbled and my nose twitched as I practically tasted the homemade pies and smelled the fried chicken as it cooked in her childhood home. I’m a city boy and don’t know one end of a cow from the other but such is the skill of Bodensteiner’s descriptive writing that I think I could have set up my own milking parlour by the end of this book.

If you want to escape the pressures of your daily life and get away from the rat race, this is a must-read book. You will feel all the better at the end of it and will lament its passing almost as much as you will regret the fact that you never got to taste some of that Iowa farm home cooking.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2bf2aec) out of 5 stars Carol's book "Growing up Country" is a MUST read! April 1 2009
By Amanda K. Whittle - Published on
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"Growing up Country" is a must read for anyone who is interested in farming, the Midwest, Iowa or want to learn more what life was like for rural Americans in the middle of the 20th century. If you lived on a farm or lived in Iowa I would especially reccomend this book. It is full of comical, touching, and warm stories that will make it hard to put the book down. I am just a college student who has grown up in Iowa on a dairy farm. This book is so interesting because I can relate to most of the stories and find this book like looking at a mirror. Whether you have a farm background or not, this book is a must read because it inspires us readers to reflect on our own history and the people, places, and stories that have made an impact on our lives.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2cc5e28) out of 5 stars Endearing and heartwarming June 30 2012
By Barbara Sissel - Published on
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The memories that are woven through the pages of this wonderful memoir are so visceral and real you can practically smell the air and feel the wind on your face. But it is the portrait of this family and their home that is so vividly rendered. It's hard to imagine nowadays the kind of work ethic that existed then, one that was simply a matter of course, when most business was done on a handshake and you could sign a counter check in almost any store. It's hard to believe life was so simple and so well lived. It's hard not to wonder if we have not lost something since, but that's unfair. A perspective can never be so clear except in hindsight.

And that is the gift of this memoir, the perspective that is given and the vision of a time in history that is mostly gone now along with the way of privately held farms. I so enjoyed my visit through the pages. If you're looking for something to read that's heartwarming and endearing, a book to tuck up with on a Sunday afternoon, or any afternoon, I highly recommend this one. You will love it.