Extended Audio Sample

Download Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression, by Mildred Armstrong Kalish Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,257 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mildred Armstrong Kalish Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $24.99 Download
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Download learn more )

One of the 10 Best Books of 2007 (New York Times Book Review), Mildred Armstrong Kalish’s Little Heathens is a compelling memoir of her hardscrabble life on an Iowa farm during the 1930s. With no electricity or indoor plumbing and with little heat or money on the farm, Mildred learns to find joy in the priceless blessings of life. Download and start listening now!

BK_RECO_002512

Quotes & Awards

  • “Not only trustworthy and useful, but also polished by real, rare happiness. It is a very good book, indeed. In fact, it’s a very very very good book.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • Little Heathens is an enchanting but thoroughly unsentimental look at rural life in the Great Depression. In clear clean prose we are offered the grit, struggle, and also the joy of hard work on a farm. I cherish this book for its quite naked honesty and quiet lyricism about a time which makes our current problems nearly childish. This is a fine book.”

    Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall

  • “Unpretentious yet deeply intelligent…[Little Heathens] radiates the joy of a vanished way of life…In prose that never yields to mawkish sentimentality, Kalish details the roles of family, religion, thrift, and education in her upbringing.” 
    Booklist
  • “Both illuminating and memorable…Simple, detailed and honest, this is a refreshing and informative read for anyone interested in the struggles of average Americans in the thick of the Great Depression.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2007 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leah | 2/20/2014

    " I expected this book to be filled with more struggle than it was. I really enjoyed hearing about farm life. It is a dream of mine to live on a farm like in the 40's and I felt like I was living my dream vicariously through Millie. Not incredibly interesting if you are not interested in farm life. However I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh | 2/18/2014

    " Charming, interesting, and light. This cozy little memoir does something rare: recounts in detail a childhood spent on the prairie during the 1930s, without feeling sorry for itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Don Nissen | 2/17/2014

    " My Mom's mentioned in this book, which was written by her cousin! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maelou | 2/13/2014

    " I really liked this book, perhaps because I'm a converted Iowan. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Mildred Armstrong Kalish

Mildred Armstrong Kalish is a retired professor of English who grew up in Garrison, Iowa, and taught at several colleges, including the University of Iowa, Adelphi University, and Suffolk Community College. She now lives with her husband in northern California.