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“Long Black Stockings by Ethel Soper is one of the most delightful and rewarding memoirs I have read in a long time. The details are exquisite and take one back to beloved books of childhood such as Little House on the Prairie while at the same time providing full grown-up fare for history buffs. Wry humor and insights are deftly woven throughout, making the reader smile p “Long Black Stockings by Ethel Soper is one of the most delightful and rewarding memoirs I have read in a long time. The details are exquisite and take one back to beloved books of childhood such as Little House on the Prairie while at the same time providing full grown-up fare for history buffs. Wry humor and insights are deftly woven throughout, making the reader smile precisely because the author is not trying to do anything but authentically tell her story. And a wonderful story it is.” Kate Turpin


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“Long Black Stockings by Ethel Soper is one of the most delightful and rewarding memoirs I have read in a long time. The details are exquisite and take one back to beloved books of childhood such as Little House on the Prairie while at the same time providing full grown-up fare for history buffs. Wry humor and insights are deftly woven throughout, making the reader smile p “Long Black Stockings by Ethel Soper is one of the most delightful and rewarding memoirs I have read in a long time. The details are exquisite and take one back to beloved books of childhood such as Little House on the Prairie while at the same time providing full grown-up fare for history buffs. Wry humor and insights are deftly woven throughout, making the reader smile precisely because the author is not trying to do anything but authentically tell her story. And a wonderful story it is.” Kate Turpin

30 review for Long Black Stockings: A turn-of-the-century memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susan Wright

    A Look At Yesteryear Before the age at electricity, tv, and cell phones people worked hard and enjoyed family entertainment. Long Black Stocking gives us an excellent look at living without the conveniences most people today can't begin to imagine. The book is a true memoir of one family's live in North Dakota and later Canada. The children enjoyed visiting their Uncle's farm, playing games like Blind Man's Bluff. At Christmas time they didn't have treesat home but in their church. The trees were A Look At Yesteryear Before the age at electricity, tv, and cell phones people worked hard and enjoyed family entertainment. Long Black Stocking gives us an excellent look at living without the conveniences most people today can't begin to imagine. The book is a true memoir of one family's live in North Dakota and later Canada. The children enjoyed visiting their Uncle's farm, playing games like Blind Man's Bluff. At Christmas time they didn't have treesat home but in their church. The trees were decorated with lit candles and parents tied their gifts to it. In some ways it seemed like a simpler way of life, however the family all worked harder then I can imagine. I personally think this look at a different era is well worth the read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christine Arrowsmith Hartman

    This book is a quick read, full of very interesting historical information about the daily life of fairly well to do people in a rural farming area in the US during the early 1900's. I was looking for a book which was uplifting....this one has no downside. It is all about the good times. I appreciate that, however, it seemed lacking the humanity of disappointments which do sprinkle themselves through life. This book is a quick read, full of very interesting historical information about the daily life of fairly well to do people in a rural farming area in the US during the early 1900's. I was looking for a book which was uplifting....this one has no downside. It is all about the good times. I appreciate that, however, it seemed lacking the humanity of disappointments which do sprinkle themselves through life.

  3. 4 out of 5

    T.Ann Martin

    A tribute to a slower time. For myself, the memories were a reflection of stories my own grandmother's shared with me. Saturday mornings were laundry and bath days. Making pulled taffy and popcorn for impromptu parties. Singing hymns at church with out benefit of piano or organ..... But harmonica and fiddle. A tribute to a slower time. For myself, the memories were a reflection of stories my own grandmother's shared with me. Saturday mornings were laundry and bath days. Making pulled taffy and popcorn for impromptu parties. Singing hymns at church with out benefit of piano or organ..... But harmonica and fiddle.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jason Dickerson

    What a delightful little re-cap of life in the early 1900’s! I would like to begin a tradition or two in the book and also record it for future generations! Thank you for sharing it! What fun to share history and re-live our own memories! Such hard workers and worship together was a great reminder what the church means to us!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ronnie

    Learned some new things This story had some events similar to the lives of my parents who were born in Douglas, Nd in 1913 and Garrison, Nd in 1914. Making candy and popcorn with the kids, sleigh rides and the heavy little irons are familar. The story was interesting, just not too exciting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carrie L. Allen

    Nice Memoir I enjoyed this detailed sketch of family life up in the Northern regions of North Dakota and Canada. What a great perspective from a young lady growing up in a happy family!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Clement

    Fun read! It made me feel good... I really enjoyed this memoir...put me in the frame of "Little House" books and stories. Quick read and so refreshing...life should be more of this way now, imho. Fun read! It made me feel good... I really enjoyed this memoir...put me in the frame of "Little House" books and stories. Quick read and so refreshing...life should be more of this way now, imho.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy-Carol Adler

    Eh! It was not remarkable in any manner it in any May matter. It seemed to be a chronicle of experiences. To me it was not a chronic as much daily entries or activuties. I was disappointed to read such a simple roster.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maryk Adams

    What an amazing story What an amazing story this is,giving great detail of the way life was at that time in history. Detailing great historical scenes that you feel like you are right there.

  10. 5 out of 5

    George H. Roe

    The good old days Delicious and simple and real. A journey back to the past. For all generations to feel comfortable. A look back.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Vore

    Interesting but too short It left me wanting to know more, but it was a good glimpse I to the life of a pioneering family.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Madeline taylor

    This was horrible

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    Charming Recollections Such a sweet collection of reminiscences. A woman's life surely was very hard work but Mrs Soper persevered without bitterness Charming Recollections Such a sweet collection of reminiscences. A woman's life surely was very hard work but Mrs Soper persevered without bitterness

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Conger

    A lovely feel good book This is such an enjoyable read. Makes you wish you were there and thankful that there really was someone who would write about the good times of long ago.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debra McMaster

    Memories A lovely memoir of the writer’s grandmother, especially her growing up in North Dakota. A good window into what it was like to be a child in that time and lace.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hazel Stabler

    Loved this story I couldn’t put it down. By description I could see and imagine all the activities this family experienced. The author truly had great childhood experiences

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joyce McCombs

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jean Webb

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janice Crouse

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michele L. Krygiel

  21. 5 out of 5

    Richard Sullivan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan Wallace

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbara A. Rieger

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jane P. Waits

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Briggs

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda Morgan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda Nelson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Creek

  30. 4 out of 5

    William F. Kingsbury, jr.

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