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Growing Up Country by Carol Bodensteiner
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Mar 27, 2012

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Since this is my memoir, it's better to share what readers say:

“I grew up on a family dairy farm. My parents sold the cows when I was 13. I remember saying I’ll never milk a cow again. My dream was to be a CPA. Then I met and fell in love with my husband and lo and behold we took over his family’s dairy farm. To this day I still milk cows at 4:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. every day. We’ve had a good life with the cows. Thank you for the memories!”—Lola, A fellow farm girl who grew up country.

“I was born on a small farm and I could relate to all the incidents in your book. We had a monster rooster and a sweet cow. I only had one disagreement with your whole book. I can’t understand how you dealt with the chickens. I was able to clean hog houses, as a child and as an adult, but you could always knock me over with a chicken - dead or alive.” —Bev, an Iowa farm girl

Back cover quotes:
“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 that has evaporated—just like yesterday’s family farm where she grew up.” — Mary Kay Shanley, author

“I loved the book because it celebrates a unique and important time in the history of rural American and the transition to modern production agriculture. Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl is up on my bookshelf where I keep all the books I enjoy re-reading.” - Mark Pearson, host of Public Television’s “Market to Market”

“If you have ever milked cows, made hay, dressed chickens, wondered about Santa Claus, or had your dad shush you at the noon dinner table while the weather and markets were on, you’ll identify with these situations. Carol isn’t afraid to get personal in the telling.” – Lee Kline, farm broadcaster, WHO Radio
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message 1: by Suedenter (new)

Suedenter Living these experiences with Carol was wonderful, but reading them renewed the goodness of the childhood we had. Thanks for writing this book, Carol! Love you, Sue (her sister!)

message 2: by Carol (new) - added it

Carol Thanks, Sue! It has surprised me how much the life we lived mirrors what other farm families experienced. Regardless of generation. It's so fun to hear from readers.

message 3: by Laurel (new)

Laurel Lamperd It's lovely to write about one's childhood, Carol. I think anyone who can remember so much about their childhood to fill a book deserves five stars. My husband was a broadacre farmer, running sheep and some cattle and occasionally growing a crop. I think dairy farmers deserve five stars too for being tied to their farms twice a day at milking time. Laurel

message 4: by Carol (new) - added it

Carol Thanks, Laurel. My childhood was full of stories and learning. You're right on about dairy farmers. They were doing 24/7/365 before it became something to talk about. The term 'broadacre' is new to me. What does it mean? Carol

message 5: by Laurel (new)

Laurel Lamperd How do I explain 'broadacre'. Perhaps I could say paddocks maybe are eg 100 or more hectares on which would run stock and grow crops. Wide acreage maybe yu could call it. Usually dairy farmers in Australia farm in high rainfall country and have small holdings. Farmers who graze stock and grow crops need a larger acreage because they would farm in lower rainfall districts. Hope I have been able to explain it in my muddling way, Carol. Laurel

message 6: by Carol (new) - added it

Carol I get it. Thanks, Laurel. I've worked around agriculture all my life and enjoy learning about how it's done worldwide. Carol

message 7: by Larae (new) - added it

Larae Lopez i also grew up on a dairy farm in Iowa and had such a great childhood with so many memories i look forward to reading this!

message 8: by Carol (new) - added it

Carol I hope my stories spark memories for you, Larae. Thanks for checking out my book. Our farm was in Jackson County - between Dubuque and Davenport. Where did you farm?

message 9: by Larae (new) - added it

Larae Lopez I was outside of a small town called Nichols. Between Iowa City and Muscatine.

message 10: by Carol (new) - added it

Carol Another new town for me to find! I love Iowa's small towns and have had an opportunity to visit so many as I've visited libraries to share growing up country stories.

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