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.”
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.
“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
LC: 2019052090 F
232 pp. 5.5 x 8.5
19 b/w illus.