Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Book Review of Only Fifty Years Ago

Only Fifty Years Ago by Gladys Hasty Carroll was written in the early '60s to portray life in the early 1900's.  This charming novel, set in New England, is about the Hasty family whose lives are organized around the cycle of the year.  In fact, each chapter is devoted to a month in which we get a glimpse of the family's doings - sap collecting in March, Last Day festivities in June, fireworks and picnics for July, a turkey feast for November, and a trip to the city for a day of Christmas shopping in December.  The book is a delightful look at a time when hard work and simple pleasures went hand-in-hand.  A treasure . . .

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