Any Given Day: The Life And Times Of Jessie Lee Brown Foveaux
Born in 1899, Jessie Lee Brown Foveaux evokes the early 20th-century Midwest with tactile vividness. She recalls traveling by horse-drawn wagon one cold Thanksgiving, with hot rocks and hay placed under the blankets. Her description of all-day laundry routines will make modern women grateful for their washers and dryers. Foveaux's account of a bad marriage and struggle to...more
(first published May 1st 2006)
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Jessie Lee Brown Foveaux was a determined woman born in Missouri in 1899. Mother of eight children, she supported them by working at a variety of jobs when her alcoholic, shiftless husband did not. Written for her family as a project for a senior citizens' writing class, this memoir is filled with advice based on experiences which gave her integrity, compassion, and sensibility. Her life during two world wars, the Depression, the Korean Conflict, reveals what made women of this time period equal...more
An amazing account of a plucky lady who sat down and wrote her life story because of a writing class at her senior citizen's center. She lived in Missouri,which why I found it on thrifbooks.com - I look through lots of used books that have anything to do with Missouri and history. She had a rough go in life, but had a positive outlook and a faith in God. I love autobiographical histories, and this one did not disappoint. I liked this lady!! And the book
I wish this had gotten more editing as it was turned from a book for grandchildren into a book for the wider public. It lost my interest as she continued to list names of people who were rarely mentioned again. However, her story and especially her narrative voice reminded me of my own Midwestern relatives. [Reviewed in the "book journal" I kept throughout 1999.]
My husband bought me this book when we lived in Kansas. It is by a lady who lived in the town where we were stationed Manhattan, KS, which is by Ft. Riley. She wrote it when she was 80. It is a true memoir of Twentieth-Century America.