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Susan Allen Toth has captured the innocence and joy of her childhood and adolescence in this delightful account of growing up in Ames Iowa, in the 1950s. Charming, wise, funny and poignant, Blooming celebrates an American way of life relived with nostalgia and compassion.
"(Toth) has recreated memories with a journalist's ear and novelist's touch...she has conveyed more clearly than anyone...what it was like to be a girl in the '50s."--The New York Times Book Review
"Not only is the book well-written, but gosh does she have it right....It's difficult to believe she can remember so well or record with such care. The clarity of her style and the honesty of her introspection evoke an image of a Midwestern Joan Didion."--Wall Street Journal