Williams brings out the extraordinary in a seemingly ordinary
century's worth of experiences in his fine biography of MAUDE."
"Because he was patient with the details, the scenes, the landscape of character, [the author] came away with an engaging and fascinating work about a courageous woman..."
"Maude is an excellent book to assign to a survey class in modern U.S. history,...showing us …that history is not some obtuse force that only affects prominent men and women. The book provide[s] tremendous insight into the lives of a Midwestern farming family during the twentieth century. It does an excellent job showing how wider events such as World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II influenced ordinary Americans. It also illustrates the innumerable changes that occurred during the twentieth century and how those changes forever altered life for one Ohio family."
"Maude is not only a fascinating story of an extraordinarily resilient woman but also an invaluable insight into how family life, and making a living, changed so dramatically during the 20th century. The book is of considerable value not only to general readers but also to social historians…"
"Written with humor and
grace--and a few earthy touches...."
"Life was not all Little-House-on-the Prairie perfect. A suicide and two murders grieved the family. Extraordinarily detailed and page-turning Maude was the grandmother we all wish we had."
"You do such a wonderful
job of bringing your family to life. I loved your mom, your sisters, but
your dad was something else. I loved his practical jokes and bawdy stories.
I laughed until I cried."
"A fun glimpse of history."
"Mardo Williams brings the harshness and deprivation of Ohio farm life vividly back to life as well as its simple joys. And at the center of it is Maude--dignified, supremely competent as she stood beside her husband and raised their children, and uncomplaining. These days, as politicians pay lip service to family values, Maude is what they're all about."
"...full of delightful stories about rural America-just the kind you wished you'd jotted down after conversations with your grandmother."
"He parallels his mother's life with the emergence of modernized America. Maude's unique story would not shine so brightly were it not for Williams' eloquent writing."
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