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And as she breathes life into Josie and her family, friends, and neighbors, the author evokes a powerful sense of place of small towns and farms, of prairie, of Josie's home, all of which feel both fresh and satisfyingly familiar. Much more than mere memoir or family history, this dual story about Bilen's journey illuminates the surprising ways our lives intersect with our ancestors'. An extraordinary story about a seemingly ordinary woman, Finding Josie will inspire readers to explore their own family history in their own way. Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Jun 13, Kris rated it it was ok. Rather disappointing - I was hoping for a storyline, finding yourself, learning about your family history - instead it's a slogging journey through genealogy. Feb 03, Debra Jeakins rated it it was amazing. Most of us have had or still have grandmothers like Josie. From the first page I not only got to know about Josie, but it brought back all the memories of my grandmother who like Josie was born and raised on a farm.

Its not very often that I find a biography that can hold my interest page after page. The author and Josie's granddaughter did a fantastic job of bringing Josie back to life in this book. About how Josie herself found a passion in writing even though it was not perfect enough for publication, just perfect for Josie though. Who better than a real, average, American woman to be a person who's life story must be shared by all. I recieved this book free in exchange for an honest review. May 06, Arlene rated it liked it. Josie's story appeals most to those of us who have Midwestern roots.

Her story, in its time and place, in many ways parallels that of my own family in the first half of the last century. Josie's story appealed directly to me because it gave me an opportunity to compare, contrast and reminisce about my own family and their farming life. Had Josie's story been told in chronological order, the need to backtrack to keep the characters connected to the right family would have not been necessary.

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The m Josie's story appeals most to those of us who have Midwestern roots. The most compelling section of this book comes in the second half when Josie's giving and forgiving nature is put to the test. You might come to the same conclusion as me in thinking a better title for this book would be "Saint Josie". Jan 10, PennsyLady Bev rated it really liked it Shelves: Watching Josie's life unfold in a reflective, compassionate man nding Josie Wendy Bilen "With a focus squarely on the Midwest, Wendy Bilen pieces together the history of her grandmother, Josie Broadhead, born in and raised on the North Dakota prairie.

Watching Josie's life unfold in a reflective, compassionate manner, I had the feeling that granddaughter, Wendy was experiencing a revelation and personal insight. Oct 19, Pamela rated it liked it Shelves: Biographies about the everyday man are among my favorite genres. I received a free copy of this book from First Reads. The story of Josie Broadhead, and her childhood in North Dakota and adulthood in NW Wisconsin is well researched and strikes a cord with me, having known many women like her in my childhood.

As the wife of a dairy and tobacco farmer, she always had many mouths to feed, but her home and heart always had room for a few more. The author's self reflections on the purpose and meaning Biographies about the everyday man are among my favorite genres. The author's self reflections on the purpose and meaning for her own life, felt a bit self indulgent. I would have preferred the focus to have remained on the author's grandmother, not on the parallels and impact on the author's life. May 02, Caroline rated it liked it Recommends it for: Author Bilen examines her family's history through the life of her grandmother, Josie Broadhead.

Josie's story, the story of a farmer's daughter and a farmer's wife, takes us from the prairies of North Dakota to the coulees of La Crosse, WI. While we often have a romanticized view of the "good old days", with bucolic farms and simpler lives, this book reminds us of what so many of our ancestors had to cope with--ceaseless hard work, poverty, and other hardships while relying on family, love, and Author Bilen examines her family's history through the life of her grandmother, Josie Broadhead.

While we often have a romanticized view of the "good old days", with bucolic farms and simpler lives, this book reminds us of what so many of our ancestors had to cope with--ceaseless hard work, poverty, and other hardships while relying on family, love, and faith. Very personal and often emotional, this book is a tribute to a woman of great strength and character. Jun 26, Chi Dubinski rated it really liked it. Most family histories are, frankly, not that interesting. But the author focused on her grandmother, Josie Broadhead.

Her family were farmers--some successful, some not. Many of the men were alcoholics. The women lost babies to disease and accident. Families took in relatives and strangers. Bilen integrates public records, newspaper accounts, history books, and interviews with relatives. Some photos are included. If sh Most family histories are, frankly, not that interesting.

If she doesn't know what happened, she imagines what may have happened. Excellent book of the lives of farm women.

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Mar 28, Susan rated it really liked it. This books was an interesting look at the authors Grandmother Josie. This look into a pioneer woman's life was horrifying, heart felt and interesting all at the same time. While the author can appear whiny and at times drew correlations between her life and the very difficult life of her grandmother that seemed a bit out of touch, the book was still an interesting look This books was an interesting look at the authors Grandmother Josie.

While the author can appear whiny and at times drew correlations between her life and the very difficult life of her grandmother that seemed a bit out of touch, the book was still an interesting look into women in the upper plains and great lakes regions. Such a rolling basis produces useful information to the field without any of the delays often associated with journal publications.

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