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A Home-Concealed Woman: The Diaries of Magnolia Wynn Le Guin, 1901-1913

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The world of Magnolia Le Guin, like that of countless farm women, was defined by and confined to home and family. Born in 1869 into the rural, white, agrarian society of Georgia's central piedmont, she raised eight children virtually on her own, yet never in her life ventured farther than thirty miles from her birthplace. Her situation, however extreme, was not unique in h ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by University of Georgia Press
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Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
Hmm... what to say.

Weill, first off, it is a reprint of her diary with a few authors notes to clue you in on misspellings, or important facts necessary to make the diary make sense. When I first flipped through it and grabbed it off the library shelves it was because it offered an opportunity to learn about a housewife and her day to day life in a way I hadn't been exposed to. I love learning about the homes and lives of women in "pioneer" or "rustic" or "farming" settings. I constantly wonder "
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! When I worked as an historical interpreter ( I was a 1900 - 1910 era rural southern farm woman) this was my bible. This is the ordinary diary of an ordinary rural southern woman at the turn of the last century. It is her daily expression of her frustrations, hopes, expectations, faith in God, and love of family. When reading, one must be able to immerse oneself into her worldview - a country woman, home bound most of her child bearing years because pregnancy and nurs ...more
Donna Bridges
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I found reading about this historical period interesting, especially, from a woman and a mother's point of view. It was tough times then. The book format is a diary, and with that in mind it was written as reference for the author and not for the entertainment of readers. This makes the entry's repetitive and can be somewhat boring from a readers point of view. I mean how many times does one want to read that one of the children are sick again and she stayed up all night and is weary. Sure, it i ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredibly interesting! Magnolia was born in northern Georgia in the late 1860's. The diaries were written from about 1900-1913, if I remember correctly. It was fascinating to read about her life! Much of what she wrote about was child bearing and rearing and the mundane duties around the house. I really related to a lot of what she wrote.

However, if you're just looking for a novel to read, this book isn't for you. I agree with Carolyn--you should take your time reading this book
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