I am amazed at what passed for acceptable literature in the early 40s. I'm sure a city woman going to the "wilds" to start a chicken farm would have be shocking. It was an interesting read. Even more so when I learned that she was there for only four years before divorcing her husband, which wasn't the thing to do back then, and moving on.
Nov 14, 2013
One of my wife's favorite books (and movies) from her childhood. Gave it to her for her birthday, and she enjoyed it all over again.
Jul 1, 2012
Politically incorrect on steroids
Only a certain sort of person is going to like this--I suspect if you were born within a decade of the author's death (1958), and preferably in the 1950s, you'll think this is a howl. That's because you can understand how perfectly decent white Americans could have such open prejudices about race and class and remain perfectly decent. It's even apparent that Betty likes Mrs Kettle at some level, although I doubt she would have disagreed with the use of the term "white trash" to describe her. I read the book thinking this was "Life Among the Savages" meets "The Grapes of Wrath." It was a guilty pleasure and I'll bet the author would've dug Betty Friedan.
Aug 26, 2010
Funniest book I ever read.
I bought two books because I can loan one out to anyone wanting a good laugh. This is by far one of the funniest books I ever read.
Dec 20, 2008
The book is very discriptive of the authors life before the books. It's written long ago and so I found some racism there. Some of that disappointed me as to her own personality. But all in all she writes it and you could actually be there.
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