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by LaRayne Topp
If you wish you could recall just one of those rich old stories your grandmother used to tell about her life on the farm, this is the book to jog your memory. From tales of homemade underwear, sewn of flour sacking with the words Self-rising stamped on the backside, to stories of quilt making, cotton picking and butter churning, Women at the Reins paints a complete portrait of life on the farm.
Collected by the American Agri-Women as a special From Mules to Microwaves project, these stories preserve the oral and written histories of rural women, documenting history from a woman's perspective. Describing rural lifestyles across the United States, these stories span the years from the time when immigrants first set foot on American soil until present day. This book opens with a section on stitchery and quilts, followed by chapters piecing together the bits and scraps making up the whole woman, until the final chapter culminates with blessings that come with experience. Love of family and country life, and a healthy sense of humor are a common thread. Interwoven through the whole cloth of the anthology are stitches of the author's life. Vintage photographs enhance these charming tales
Good stories of how life was in early America & how hard people worked to survive.
LaRayne M. Topp has enjoyed the world of freelance writing since she began putting words together for the local newspaper in 1987. A journalist and English major by education, Topp is a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild, a writing organization founded in 1925 by Nebraska writers of note: Willa Cather, Bess Streeter Aldrich, John G. Neihardt, Mari Sandoz and others. She is a stringer for a daily newspaper; has been a contributing editor for a number of regional and national magazines; and is also both a novelist and non-fiction writer, both traditionally published and an Indie author. Her books are available in digital or print on Amazon. They include the following:
Her most recent: Just Go: The Idea Book, Discovering What You Have to Offer
Eighty-one Seconds: The Attack and Aftermath as Tornadoes Hit Pilger, Stanton, Wakefield and Wisner, Nebraska
Letters from Lee: One Man's Story of Vietnam
Women at the Reins: Farm Memories Based on the Collection From Mules to Microwaves
Images of America: Cuming County, Nebraska, by Arcadia Publishing
by E. A. Barker
Ms. Creant: The Wrong Doers! Life With Women: The Long-Awaited Instruction Manual This book was created for everyone from young adults to seniors. It was written from a male’s point of view, speaking to men who are endlessly struggling to understand the opposite sex. For women, this is a fascinating journey inside the male psyche…. [Read More]
by Jo Ann Glim
That day started like any other but by lunchtime, I was fighting for my very life. A stroke is like that. You don’t see it coming. There is nothing to do but let nature take its course – no guarantee I’d live much less return to full health. So, be prepared to travel through the… [Read More]
This book explores the discourses of bio-medicine (ie. Family Planning), nationalism and citizenship specifically in the Philippines. Little has been researched into how the biomedical discourse has helped constitute the nature of citizenship of the Filipino for the purpose of building a nation-State; that is, who is a “medically” proper and fit person to be… [Read More]
Shahua is a very magical cat, who can cross time and space, bringing luck and good fortune to those hoomins who deserve it. In Taiwan Mark and Kitty save Shahua from certain death. She/he magically brings good fortune to Kitty and her family of cats. Twenty years later Mark meets Ping, “the cat lady” in… [Read More]