Little Heathens

Little Heathens

Hard Times and High Spirits on An Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Mildred Armstrong Kalish's "Little Heathens" is a compelling memoir of her hardscrabble life on an Iowa farm during the 1930s. With no electricity or indoor plumbing and with little heat or money on the farm, Mildred learns to find joy in the priceless blessings of life.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2011, p2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781456106058
Characteristics: 1 sound file (9 hr., 30 min.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Phimister, Ruth Ann


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Aug 02, 2012

Little Heathens is a charming, salt-of-the-earth memoir by retired English professor Mildred Armstrong Kalish that is kindly generous with more tales of high spirits than of hard times. Still, growing up on an Iowa farm during the Great Depression was no comfort by most measures.

Listening to this audiobook reminded me of my own grandmother, the fourteenth of fourteen siblings, who also grew up during 1930's in the nearby state of Missouri. And according to her, modest as ever, stories from her childhood are of little interest to anyone. After learning about Kalish's blessed life, I respectfully disagree.


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