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Carol Bodensteiner

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The people, places, culture and history of the Midwest United States.

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Carol Bodensteiner, BA, MA, is the author of the memoir Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl (Rising Sun Press, 2008). Go Away Home, her WWI-era novel published in 2014 is the 2014 Readers' Favorite SILVER MEDAL winner in the Historical Fiction-Personage category.

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She and her husband enjoy an acreage where Carol has more hostas than she can count and where the prairie patch she planted provides daily inspiration and delight.

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Carol Bodensteiner I'm a strong believer in butt glue. When I commit to uninterrupted time at the keyboard, day after day, I write.
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Hi. Always good to connect with another Iowan. Thanks for reading my memoir.

I asked an Irish author friend about the best time. He said June is best because it rains less then. However I had a scheduling conflict in June so we went in May. And we had great weather. The natives commented every day about how unusual the weather was; how lucky we were. I figure we had the luck of the non-Irish. ;) so you just never know. It's a beautiful country, rain or shine. (less)
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My memoir Growing Up Country shares stories of growing up on a family dairy farm in the middle of the country in the middle of the 20th century. Published 10 years ago (a milestone I can hard...

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“This land of my childhood releases sweet, long forgotten memories and brings me back home. Home to the farm. Home to my family. Home.  ”
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“[...] just because you’ve gotten on a wagon doesn’t mean you can’t get off. Don’t forget that.”
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“Blarney Stones—chocolate cake cut into squares, dipped in powdered sugar frosting, rolled in crushed peanuts and then frozen. Stella was known for her fancy cookies–crispy, spritz butter cookies or thumb print cookies topped with jam”
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Carol Dave, I'm reading Big Sky because the author was the uncle of a woman in my book club. My favorite books about the 'old west' are One Thousand White Women and The All True Travels and Adventures of Miss Liddy Newton. One of my favorite writers overall is Barbara Kingsolver. I read everything she writes. I agree about getting the facts right.


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pop Hey, Carol, thanks for the add. By the way, I have written authors after reading their work. Usually, it's a fan letter. Once, it was as a non-fan, since the author didn't have his facts right, and wrote a crappy ending. Crappy ending, okay, that's their choice, but not getting the facts of the weaponry right, well that's not. I work hard to make sure all my facts are right, they should too. It's not like they can't get on the web and search things out. My favorite writer... well that's a toss up, but there are a few I still read every time they put something out, Evanovich is one, and Larry Block is another. Also the JD ROBB books of Nora Roberts, though I can't go the stuff she writes under he own name. You might like Aimee and David Thurlo, they generally write about Native Americans in today's world. The Ella Clah series is great. So is JA Jance's Joanna Brady series, or her staple, JP Beaumont.


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