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House of Fields: Memories of a Rural Education

(Great Lakes Books Series)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Anne-Marie Oomen uses a wealth of vivid language and personal details to bring scenes from her childhood on a family farm to life in House of Fields. Yet the focus of this book shifts away from the daily activities of the farm, which Oomen presented in Pulling Down the Barn, to life outside its boundaries, as she explores the complex meaning of "education" in all of its ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Wayne State University Press
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Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The second of Anne-Marie Oomen 's memoirs of her life growing up in Elbridge, Michigan area. I find her memoir evocative of an era before life became so complicated but her life was still a litany of complexity within its simplicity. I like her word descriptions, the beauty of her writings and her honesty.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite authors. I would read anything she wrote. Her first two books are memoir, and they are amazing. Thoughtfully written, you get the flavor of a life spent growing up on a farm and a life feeling not quite at home, but still formed by the place where you grew up. Highly recommended.
Jun 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ember (for the writer's perspective) and Michelle (for the growing-up-catholic-in-West-MI angle)
I really like Anne-Marie's writing style. It is hanuting, poetic, beautiful, stark, real. The topic of rural life made me think of my dad and the family farm...generation gaps and expectations...simplicity of life...complexity of family... My thoughts are all running together. To sum it up I really enjoyed this memoir and look forward to reading more work by Anne-Marie.
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A book of memories from the author's childhood. This was quite interesting.

The narration was well done,
Patricia McNair
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am such a fan of the work of Anne-Marie Oomen. Her work is beautiful and lyrical, particularly this book. The chapters on learning to read make you wonder at the American school system while still marveling at this little girl's spirit and capacity for learning.
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful vignettes
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Such a gift of a book--I learned, I laughed, and I cried. I feel like I've been let into a world I was moderately curious about, and am now enthralled with and wedded to. I love this book
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