Even a compliant, respectful child has that moment when they know better but just have to do it anyway. Such was the case when Betty and her sister get their first cat. Just one of the many stories Betty Warren Best shares in her new book Ironwood Roots; Memories of the Upper Peninsula.
Born in 1928 in Ironwood, Michigan Betty and has been a long-time resident of Cadillac. Born just a year before the great depression Betty experienced life in rural Northern Michigan through the great depression and World War ll.
Betty embraces you in the story with the innocence, wonder, and delight of a child written with the maturity of time. Full of childhood antics, love and loss I found this book warm, enchanting and full of engaging detail.
You may remember living through the depression, WWll or hard times or heard stories from your parents or grandparents. For those who haven't these stories will give insight to how your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents lived and the experiences that shaped their lives. In an entertaining way we learn about life because the situation, time and people may change the emotions are similar.
I don't have memories of many family stories, and through these tales, I felt like my grandmother sharing her life.
Thank you, Betty Warren Best for making me smile and laugh in wonder and amazement at life long before I was born. For giving me such a delightful depiction of family and life in a rural Northern Michigan town and beyond.
I grew up knowing my grandparents. We saw them regularly so to me, who was shy and wary, to be seven years old and meeting my grandpa for the first time seems unimaginable. Here was grandpa's first visit full of life, loving, spirited and captivating.
Take a drive to "little girl's point" on the shores of Lake Superior or a family trip across the water to the lower peninsula or the importance of the sewing machine. The humor of life thru a child's adoration for Shirley Temple to the sadness of loss these stories will entertain and enchant you.
Ironwood Roots: Memories of the Upper Peninsula by Betty Warren Best published by Best Gearhart Knitting Machines. Available on Amazon
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