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Rocky Ground: An Ozark Family Holds On Through Hard Times

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The economy didn’t go through the Great Depression - people did. Margaret DuBois grew up in a period of historic deprivation. Her family had to retreat to her grandparents’ Ozark farm to survive. The farm patriarch, her grandfather, was a revival-meeting minister who had once served as a State Legislator. Their home-life differed from most similarly-situated Ozark families in its focus on spiritual duties and the love of learning. Books lined their shelves. Political bombast and pious sermon occupied their dinners. They didn’t get up pre-dawn as most farm families did. Hard times drew out the best and worst of human character. As she watched her family cope with all manner of human failing, and unremitting rotten luck, Margaret saw that people are complex and rife with contradictions. In her family’s composure through bitter disappointments she saw a strength of character worthy of remembrance. And on that rocky ground where the DuBois family held fast, she... More > hatched her dreams.< Less
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  • By jmmiller
    Apr 20, 2015
    Margaret DuBois has created a historical record of a special time and place in America: a farm in the Ozarks during the Great Depression. She brilliantly captures farm life in those years, its pleasures and its disasters. Her vivid characterizations of her family members bring them to life: her grandfather, so unflinchingly true to his principles no matter the cost; her grandmother, isolated by her deafness but nevertheless strong and independent; her father ever in pursuit of self-sufficiency but ever at the mercy of others' treacheries; her mother, diligent and patient and supportive of everyone else's aims; her brother, working so hard to make his dream of higher education come true; and herself, sharing her family's hard times but having the fortitude to find her own way in the world. Ms. DuBois's fluid prose captivates the reader as tale after tale unfolds in this memoir, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. We become acquainted with the farm's free-thinking guinea fowl, the... More > docile Guernsey cows and their bellowing male companion, the goats with their cunning teamwork, and the hogs who rid the area of poisonous snakes. The family dynamics are riveting, the effects of world events are fascinating, and the fortitude in the face of adversity is inspiring. It's a book that informs and delights.< Less
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ISBN
9781312849488
Published
March 10, 2015
Language
English
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