by Janis Brett Elspas
So, what is it that makes this particular book such a stand-out?
The girls' former hometown has grown significantly. In 1960, according to the U.S. Census, Ames was home to about 27,000 residents. By 2008 the population had more than doubled to more than 56,000. No longer a small town and more like a small city, it has understandably been touched somewhat by the modern advances seen elsewhere in the U.S. Yet to the eyes of visitors to this community which was built around the Iowa State University and a patchwork quilt of corn fields, it appears to be far from succumbing to the urban ills that big city dwellers like me have to live with every day.
In all honesty, I guess I have to conclude that a yearning for nostalgia and my own small town roots played an equally active role in my analysis and appreciation of this book.
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