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Eggs in the Coffee, Sheep in the Corn

Eggs in the Coffee, Sheep in the Corn

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My 17 years as a Farm Wife

Author Marjorie M. Douglas

Minnesota Historical Society Press (September 15, 1994)


The world turned upside down for city-bred Marjorie Douglas when, in 1943, her young husband moved her and their baby, Anne, from suburban St. Paul to a western Minnesota stock ranch to help his parents stave off financial disaster. With wit and wisdom Douglas's memoir describes a Midwestern way of life of 50 years ago.

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After her years on the farm, Marjorie Myers Douglas was for seventeen years a social worker in the Minneapolis public schools. Now retired, she enjoys focusing her creative energies on writing.

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Praise for Eggs in the Coffee, Sheep in the Corn:

"What makes this book particularly worth reading, and refreshing, is its outlook. This is a relentlessly honest account of farm life."
Annals of Iowa

“Marjorie Douglas modestly calls her book a reminiscence, but it is much more. It is a work of witness that captivated me from the very first page with its quiet, stately prose, its gentle evocation of life on a family farm from 1943 to 1960. She tells a great story with passion and intelligence. In this book we see vividly the life of a city woman thrust for 17 years onto a farm without running water or indoor plumbing, where she learned to raise three children; to cook bountiful meals for her family, for work crews, and for an assortment of hired men; to care for flourishing gardens and ‘put up’ hundreds of jars of canned goods; and to take on daunting tasks she had never dreamed of such as killing chickens and bottle-feeding colts and lambs. . . . It is a book that will linger happily in my memory for a long time to come.”
Phoebe Hanson

Awards for Eggs in the Coffee, Sheep in the Corn:

Minnesota Book Award

  • This title is also available at your favorite e-book vendor.
  • 259 pages
  • 5.25 x 8 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873512992

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