Carol Bodensteiner is a writer who finds inspiration in the places, people, culture and history of the Midwest United States. After a successful career in public relations consulting, she turned to creative writing. She published her memoir Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl in 2008. Her debut novel Go Away Home published in 2014.
She blogs about writing, her prairie, gardening and whatever in life interests her at the moment.
Carol enjoys talking about her books and writing with book clubs and other groups. She'd welcome an invitation to your event.
Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl
Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl delivers a treat as delicious as oatmeal cookies hot out of the oven - a memoir of a happy childhood. In charming and memorable vignettes, Carol Bodensteiner captures rural life in middle America, in the middle of the 20th Century. Bodensteiner grew up on a family-owned dairy farm in the 1950s, a time when a family could make a good living on 180 acres. In these pages you can step back and relish a time simple but not easy, a time innocent yet challenging. If you grew up in rural America, these stories will trigger your memories and your senses, releasing a wealth of stories of your own. If the rural Midwest is foreign territory to you, Carol s stories will invite you into a fascinating and disappearing world.
Go Away Home
GO AWAY HOME is the story of a young woman’s quest for independence and the right to decide her own future.
A family scandal closely followed by tragedy ties Liddie
Treadway ever more tightly to the family farm she yearns to escape. When she is finally free of her old life, she seems for a moment to have it all — the opportunity for global travel, unlimited adventures, and new passions. But the reappearance of an old friend leads her to question her choices and her future. Set in pre-World War One Iowa, GO AWAY HOME is the timeless story of the fragility of what seems secure and stable and the discovery of what a woman’s heart truly wants.
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