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Farm Girl by Karen Jones Gowen
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Jun 10, 12

Read from June 08 to 10, 2012

Interesting book - and free on kindle! I enjoy stories about the old west and how people survived it and made it their home. I especially liked the tie-ins to Willa Cather. Apparently the author's family homesteaded in the same area - Read Cloud, NE - as the famous author. (Funny, they said she wore man's clothes and was considered very strange and aloof!)

One drawback is that this book reads more like an oral history report. The author warns you in the beginning that she pretty much tape recorded conversations with her grandma and then wrote everything down. This is great, but it does seem to lack style and purpose. The story wanders and doesn't seem to have a climax or a satisfying ending.

Still good though. It reminds me of "Little House on the Prairie" and makes me want to live in a sod house and churn my own butter!
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