Chadwick's Reviews > Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
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Jan 23, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir
Recommended for: Iowans, lovers of memoir, Midwesterners, people who believe that the old have something to teach us
Read in September, 2007

A proof of this was laying around on my girlfriend's bookshelf, and I picked it up mostly for the writing about Depression-era foodways. It is a great resource for rural Iowan culinary traditions. I'm rating this book so highly because I love the clear-eyed narrative voice that the author uses. There is very little of the tint of nostalgia to be found here. The author was a fairly progressive woman for her time, and her strength comes through very well in her writing. I also have a think for first books by people who have never tried to write that turn out so well. Farmgirl memories of the Great Depression is not a genre of memoir that I really seek out, but I really enjoyed this.

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