> Addie of the Flint Hills: “They say times are going to be tough. Well, I was born in 1915 and in the past 93 years, I have seen tough times. I’ve heard about even tougher—from my grandparents, who were early pioneers settling the Flint Hills of Kansas. I had hoped my grandchildren and their children would never have to face serious adversities, but if they are called to do so, I want them to know something about their forebearers …This account of my journey is for them.”
Addie, born in the Flint Hills of Kansas, begins her story in 1915 as wheat prices are booming. She shares the day-to-day unfolding of her life and the life of her family as they deal with the turbulent US economy of the 1920s and 1930s. During this period the price of wheat drops, followed by precipitous declines in stocks, minerals and farmland. The story ends in 1935 as the family grapples with the effects of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. In the process, Addie of the Flint Hills weaves a complex tale of ordinary folks struggling with familiar themes: a father s work takes him far from home, a highly- educated woman and mother is alone, and a young girl never learns that she is beautiful.
“Unique and universal, the remarkable life story of Adaline Rogler Sorace looks to the past with affection, honesty, and clarity of insight. In a voice distinguished by intelligence and refinement she recounts a story of the Flint Hills as strong and as deep as the prairie grass.” -Jim Hoy, author of Flint Hills Cowboys