A Couple of Delightful Iowa Memoirs

More Country Roads:

More Stories, Opinions and Imaginations of an Iowa Country Boy

Arvid Huisman





Arvid Huisman has been a journalist for many years, publishing the Creston News Advertiser, when his Country Roads column began. His regular poignant and winsome column still runs in the Iowa History Journal. He has composed more than 900 Country Roads columns. 

After retiring from the newspaper career, he was a development director for the Salvation Army in Central Iowa. Arvid writes from his heart to and about the people he holds dear–folks whose values and memories were created in the rural Midwest.

My Thoughts: I’ve enjoyed Arvid’s delightful stories for years. For years my sister taught art in Creston, where he was the newspaper publisher. She was always bringing his columns to share. I later discovered he’d published this compilation of some of them. Sure wish you could still get the first volume. Whenever the new issue of Iowa History Journal arrives in the mail, County Roads is the first page I turn to.

Arvid has a lively sense of humor, a great memory for details, and such endearing stories.

More Country Roads is available for $16.50 (includes shipping) from Huisman Communications, 9602 Bishop Drive, #59, West Des Moines, IA 50266


Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl

Carol Bodensteiner



Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl delivers a treat as delicious as oatmeal cookies hot out of the oven – a memoir of a happy childhood. In charming and memorable vignettes, Carol Bodensteiner captures rural life in middle America, in the middle of the 20th Century. Bodensteiner grew up on a family-owned dairy farm in the 1950s, a time when a family could make a good living on 180 acres. In these pages you can step back and relish a time simple but not easy, a time innocent yet challenging. If you grew up in rural America, these stories will trigger your memories and your senses, releasing a wealth of stories of your own. If the rural Midwest is foreign territory to you, Carol s stories will invite you into a fascinating and disappearing world.

The Author: Carol Bodensteiner is a writer who finds inspiration in the places, people, culture, and history of the Midwest. Born in Iowa and raised on her family’s dairy farm, Carol grew up with a love of the land and an appreciation for family that form the foundation of her writing. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and Drake University, Carol built a successful career in public relations consulting before turning to creative writing. She is a regular participant in the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Carol blogs about writing, her prairie, gardening, and whatever in life interests her at the moment. Her writing has been published in several anthologies. She published her memoir GROWING UP COUNTRY in 2008. Her debut novel GO AWAY HOME was published in 2014.

My Thoughts: This memoir of growing up on an Iowa farm (with two sisters and no brothers) in the 1950s is a treasure, especially since I also grew up on an Iowa farm (with one sister, no brothers) in the 1950s. Dad never wanted chickens around and didn’t have dairy cows, so I learned a lot about the dailiness of dealing with both. My sister and I were also in 4-H, so I could relate to preparing demonstrations and projects to take to the county fair. A family working together like they did to keep a small farm running and economically viable is a disappearing way of life. “Growing Up Country” is a wonderful way to keep those day alive.

Arvid Huisman was kind enough to write an endorsement for Leora’s Dexter Stories: The Scarcity Years of the Great Depression.


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