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The Diary of A(nother) Young Girl

Here’s a lovely review of my mom’s book–from Chicago Book Review!

Chicago Book Review


Home Front Girl:
A Diary of Love, Literature,
and Growing Up in Wartime America

 by Joan Wehlen Morrison


9781613744574 hi res cover imageWartime diaries written by young girls are something of a rarity, so it is more than likely that Joan Wehlen Morrison’s engaging Home Front Girl will be compared to such titles as Anne Frank’s World War II classic Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata Filipovic’s more recent entry Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo. Such comparisons are apt, so long as they don’t detract from the unique voice captured in Wehlen’s work.

Pulled from journal entries and school notebooks, Home Front Girl reveals the daily goings-on, thoughts, and feelings of young Joan Wehlen. Written between 1937 and 1943, the book captures Wehlen between the ages of fourteen and twenty while a student, first at Greeley, then at Lakeview, and finally at the University of Chicago Junior…

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Story Circle Book Review of Home Front Girl

Story Circle has reviewed my book!  I joined Story Circle over a year ago and have really reveled in the support the group gives women writing memoirs and personal stories.  They review books “by, for, and about women.”  booklogo_tn

A lovely review by Trilla Pando has just appeared.  It’s a perfect review!  You can read it here.

Here are some highlights:

This book is more than an interesting and well-written account of an individual; it is history….Kudos to that daughter, Susan Signe Morrison, who took volumes and volumes of diaries, journals, school notebooks, and other documents and crafted both a loving portrait of her mother as a young girl, and an accurate history of time and place.

Memoir and journal lovers will relish this book. But I can also see it on American History reading lists in both high schools and colleges. Were I ever to teach a journaling workshop to young people, this one would top the list.

When I really appreciate a book, I share it. A friend who has a birthday coming up might want to watch her mail box. Don’t worry. It’ll be brand new. Mine is a keeper and has already found a place on my overcrowded bookshelves.”

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