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Catalog Archive / Spring 2020

Farm Girl
A Wisconsin Memoir

“Few books are written about farm life during the Depression, and even fewer are written from such a unique perspective. Carlson has done a fine job of taking us back to that dreadful time.”
—Jerry Apps, author of Simple Things, Lessons from the Family Farm

When Bunny Coburn was growing up, neighbors came together in times of hardship. No matter the trouble, they faced it with determination, camaraderie, and resourcefulness. In the midst of the Great Depression, despite record-breaking heat and crop failure, growing up on the family farm was nevertheless filled with bucolic pleasures.

Farm Girl is Beuna "Bunny" Coburn Carlson's loving tribute to the gently rolling hills of western Wisconsin. With an inviting voice, she shares intimate moments of happiness from her childhood: collecting butternuts for homemade maple candy, watching her father read by the flickering light of a kerosene lamp, and the joy of finding a juicy orange at the bottom of a Christmas stocking. Underlying each vignette is the courage of a strong family surviving adversity and finding comfort in one another. Hers is a memoir that readers can dip in and out of with pleasure.


Beuna Coburn Carlson. Beuna Coburn Carlson is a writer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.




“Her prose is clear and precise and paints a vivid picture of a hardscrabble farming life in the thirties.”
—John Hildebrand, author of Long Way Round



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Farm Girl: cover art of a painting of a bird with a red head and black and white feathers perched atop a branch on the lower left side of the cover. Cropped behind the branch is a red barn and long grass. Behind these images is a soft, cream background, with the title text proclaimed in red in the top half of the cover.

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June 2020
LC: 2019052090 F
232 pp. 5.5 x 8.5
19 b/w illus.

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