Miller served a term as an original councilor with METRO, Portland's regional government. She later served two consecutive four-year terms (the maximum permitted) as a member of the Multnomah County Commission, leaving office in 1988. During her political tenure in public life, Miller was a strong advocate of the need for government and individuals to cooperate in providing educational and community services. She also headed the Portland Federation of Teachers and won Oregon’s Labor Hall of Fame. She holds a B.A. and M.A.T. degree from Reed College and an M.A. in Literature from Northern Arizona University where she graduated with honors. Since leaving the political arena Miller been heavily involved with writing. She has published four novels: Ballet Noir in 2016, Trompe l'Oeil in 2011, Gothic Spring and Heart Land in 2009. Her short stories have been published in Children's Digest and Grit and Tales of the Talisman, and her short story, Under the Bridge and Beneath the Moon, were dramatized for radio in Oregon and Washington.
Ms. Miller pulls you in with wonderful characters and the life folks lead in a cozy, Ohio pre-war town. From the depression and pre-World War II eras, the characters are true to life and have antics that you can just see happening in a used-to-be safe environment.
Folks didn't lock their doors, folks helped each other when times were tough, and children were still mischievous but innocent.
The characters were all loveable. You would want to be in the kitchens of the characters so you could enjoy the wonderful homemade dishes and share the family times.
Oliver and Herman were the main characters, and they were filled with mischief.
Ms. Miller excels in writing and storytelling. ENJOY this book when you read it. And....do NOT miss reading her other two books.
Tromp L'oeil and Gothic Spring
They both are quite different from HEART LAND, but oh so EXCELLENT.
I normally do not like memoirs, but this was more of a looking back and feeling at home in the era and wishing our lives could still be this cozy. But then again..could we be without a phone in every home and no Internet? :)
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the author in return for an honest review.
I enjoyed this beautifully written, lovely story very much. Ms. Miller has shown her versatility as a writer and author with this most fascinating collection of stories recounting the lives of two little boys living in Ohio during the late 30's. Ms. Miller took the event of a mother's passing to weave together a fictional memoir based on childhood experiences and memories of her now adult sons. However, the added surprise to these often humorous and sometimes poignant stories was the addition of captions in a picture album that was created for this novel. It was an unexpected pleasure to realize that as genuine as this memoir appeared to be, it was instead an extension of the author's imagination. But even more importantly, these stories reminded me that the values held closely by so many all those years ago are values that are still treasured today. We as individuals and s a nation have made many mistakes, but we continue to try in the right spirit and with our whole heart to hold dear these values of respect, kindness, compassion and trust. Heart Land is memorable, creative and timeless.