Just wanted to share a book review of the second coffee-table book published by the Tri-County Tourism Alliance from interviews I conducted about two or three years ago. The book completes the stories of the Women Behind the Plow photo exhibit that is available to communities for the price of delivering it to your community.
If you are interested in the book, it may be purchased on Amazon, through the Tri-County Tourism Alliance or the NDSU Germans from Russia Library. All can be found online.
Thank you to Anna for the kind words.
“Arbeit macht das Leben süß.”
Through the use of photography and life anecdotes, Sue B. Balcom is able to create a narrative of what it was like for the women behind the plow in the North Dakota counties of Emmons, Logan, and McIntosh. Each woman has a story to tell and Balcom is able to portray those stories through the wonderful photos attached to each chapter. The women in this book share their memories of farm life and the hard work they put into each and every day. This book doesn’t read like a novel, but instead, like an afternoon spent in the company of these strong women hearing their stories and reveling in the nostalgia. The German Russian women featured in this book make the reader feel as if they know these women. There is a sense of community and family portrayed in this book that brings readers along for the journey and integrates them fully into the community of German Russian life. This is a fascinating and incredible book that captivates audiences of all heritages and backgrounds. Remembering these stories brings us a rich knowledge of the past and a remembrance for the future.
Anna Marquardt, Angelo State University
Sue B. Balcom