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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherUniversity Of Iowa Press
File size6.9 Mb
GanreNon Fiction
Release date 01.01.2000
Pages count128
Book rating4.64 (314 votes)
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Nothing to Do but Stay: My Pioneer Mother plops the reader down smack dab in the middle of big sky, North Dakota amidst a Norwegian community. The book only contains 164 pages, but they aren't 164 pages of hardship and endurance that I expected given the title. Instead, the contents are a nice swill of reminiscence, recipes from the Ewld Coontry, laughter and caricatures of persons and family members with plenty of personality. People like "rolling the eyes" Uncle Ole who at 55 and tired of eating bologna and summer sausage decided to listen to his card-playing buddies and get himself an housekeeper. One of these friends, got an address of a "dandy little lady" who only spoke Norwegian and so wouldn't be able to talk back to him. Introduce Anna, a dour-faced woman with one leg considerably shorter than the other, but still managed to whip Ole into shape, enough that six-months later she was Ole's wife!

The Norwegian heritage mixed with American independence forges a hearty community full of its own unique blend of prairie culture. This is a book that memoir readers who love a homey feel to their reading will enjoy. Its more a pleasurable read then an action read, more historical than pioneer spirit which is the only disappointing thing about the book in my estimation. I did purchase the book thinking I would be reading an action-packed pioneering type of book. However, my disappointment was short-lived as the book proved to be thoroughly enjoyable in a warm hearth sort of way. It is a book I will pass on to my sister to read and savor.

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