Blooming: A Small-Town Girlhood

Blooming A Small Town Girlhood Slumber parties swimming pools boyfriends lakeside summers family holidays Susan Allen Toth has captured it all in this delightful account of growing up in Ames Iowa in the s Charming wise

  • Title: Blooming: A Small-Town Girlhood
  • Author: Susan Allen Toth
  • ISBN: 9780345421159
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • Slumber parties, swimming pools, boyfriends, lakeside summers, family holidays Susan Allen Toth has captured it all in this delightful account of growing up in Ames, Iowa, in the 1950 s Charming, wise, funny, poignant, and true, Blooming celebrates an innocent and very American way of life.

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    About “Susan Allen Toth

    • Susan Allen Toth

      Ms Toth graduated from Smith College and Berkeley and received a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota in 1969 She taught English at San Francisco State College and now teaches at Macalester College in Minnesota Toth has contributed articles and stories to a wide range of magazines and newspapers She has written two memoirs Blooming A Small Town Girlhood 1981 and Ivy Days Making My Way Out East 1984 She has also written a series of books on England, including My Love Affair with England 1992 , England as You Like It 1995 , England for All Seasons 1997 , and Victoria, the Heart of England A Journey of Discovery 1999.



    665 thoughts on “Blooming: A Small-Town Girlhood

    • Okay, so I did rate this book years ago but I must confess to not actually doing much more than skimming. Whilst awaiting a library request and feeling uninspired by the other unread books in my apartment I picked this up again and gave it a real go. And, loved it!This is exactly the kind of history I enjoy; ordinary people leading ordinary lives. I'm far less interested in historic events and epic battles and far more interested in the daily lives of previous generations. I know about General G [...]


    • "Slumber parties, swimming pools, boyfriends, lakeside summers, family holidays -- Susan Allen Toth has captured it all in this delightful account of growing up in Ames, Iowa, in the 1950s. Charming, wise, funny, poignant, and true, Blooming celebrates an innocent and very American way of life."~~back coverI couldn't have said it better myself. I also grew up in the 1950s, and although my details are a bit different (California rather than Iowa, no big family holidays, no lakeside summers) the b [...]


    • This book was meant to be relatable.Reading this memoir was like reading a Judy Blume book in the 5th grade. I felt the same sense of not being able to quire relate to the awkward teen thing. I just wasn't really an awkward teen and definitely wasn't an innocent or inexperienced one. Now that I'm living a much more moral and decent life than I did as a teen, I should be able to say that I wish my teen years would have been more like the idyllic ones she describes. But really, they were great yea [...]


    • Susan Allen, born in 1940, is six years older than I and came of age in Ames, Iowa and not California, and yet these recollections felt familiar to me. Perhaps because her memories are strewn over a decade or so, there was enough of an intersection. But also perhaps because in the small town I lived in "nothing much happened" either. She skillfully evokes a time and place, as well as the emotions of being an average girl, neither popular no shunned. But her ability to write puts her far above av [...]


    • I kept setting it aside because frankly it was not a page turner. I adore Toth’s prose on England and have been longing to locate and devour her new book on her travels there. The subtitle of this book is ‘A Small Town Girlhood’. Toth spent her youth in Ames, Iowa during the 50’s. She is old enough that she could have been my mother so she was raised in a time far different from my own. I found a few things that felt familiar in her tales, yet also quite a bit unfamiliar too. When she wr [...]


    • Illustrates beautifully the life of a small town girlhood.The best feature of this book is that even though every autobiography is true, this one actually seem to be true. I admit, to me, some autobiographies always seemed to be fiction or superfluous.Maybe it is the differences, the generation gap etc. Anyways, like I said, this is a good read. Nothing great or inspirational, you simply get to know someone else's life and can relate it to everything common that you've ever heard or seen or expe [...]


    • 3.5 stars. Nice coming-of-age memoir, taking place in the 1950s in Ames, Iowa. The author emphasizes her innocent, conventional upbringing in a small town, although her circumstances (widowed mother who was an English professor at Iowa State) were slightly different than most of the other children. The book has themed chapters; some were a little boring for me, but some were very relatable – my favorite was about her love of the public library. Provides a great sense of time and place. The boo [...]


    • I felt like I was friends with the author after finishing this. She comes across as very warmhearted and good-natured. With few traumatic incidents, these stories are occasionally idyllic. But you can see that she knew growing-up was not something one can ignore or avoid. And becoming a woman in Susan's time was like a flower gradually opening: effected by her environment, the love of her family, and the ups and downs of everyday life. Anecdotal, yet thought-provoking.


    • Nice and well done. My mom gave me this book a thousand years ago and I finally read it all the way through again. Hard to imagine Iowa in the 50's without having seen the fifties but it does sound like a simpler time.


    • It is an awesome book. I enjoyed reading it - it has the ability to make one feel calm and at the same time on edge! The author's simlpe style of writing makes the book easy to comprehend.





    • Not my favorite Toth book but a book which resonates, none the less, for gals everywhere who grew up in the 50's in a "small town, USA" somewhere.


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