This personal memoir about life in rural Iowa during the Depression is chock full of both charm and energy. Reading it is like taking a trip to a foreign country because the life described is so different from what we experience today. Although much was grim and hard work was the norm, the author remembers it all with great affection and I was filled with admiration and awe at the resourcefulness and self-sufficiency of this family. One warning, however: This book is a stream of memories and there's no real story arc or character development. It's not a novel. And sometimes the narrative bogs down in detail.