My Name is Esther Clara PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Laurel Johnson

My Name is Esther Clara

Dandelion Enterprises
Publication date: December 2006
ISBN: 9781934280300
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)


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Esther Clara: A Woman of Common Roots and Uncommon Spirit Esther Clara's lifetime spanned two world wars and the advent of electricity, plumbing, refrigeration, penicillin, telephones, automobiles, airplanes, air conditioning, radio, TV, computers, department stores, shopping malls and many other inventions and conveniences that have come to be considered basics of modern American life. Here is an authentic account of 20th Century rural America audio- and videotaped by Esther Clara before her death in 1989 and adeptly reconstituted by her granddaughter, Laurel Johnson, a professional writer and master storyteller. Try to imagine yourself as one of ten children growing up in a 3-bedroom Iowa farmhouse at the turn of the 20th century: candlelight and kerosene lamps, wood-burning stove in the kitchen, ice box in the pantry, outhouse in the back yard, scrub board, tub and clotheslines for laundry, primitive farm tools and horses for plowing and planting, and a one-room, one-teacher schoolhouse . Every school system should add My Name is Esther Clara to their required reading list. Laurel Johnson lives inside the mind of her grandmother to deliver this powerful first person memoir of a woman who experienced two world wars, a depression, times of innocence and wonder, and personal tragedies. The narration ranges from quaint phrases in an era when hard work and family units truly mattered, to defiant tones reminiscent of the feisty grandmother in Faulkner's The Unvanquished. Johnson allows her grandmother to speak and the reader to listen and judge. That's what writers do, and even long after her death Esther Clara's voice won't be denied. -- Michael Corrigan, writer and teacher, Idaho State University at Pocatello
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