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Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl by Carol Bodensteiner

Author Carol Bodensteiner will appear at 2:00pm Saturday, November 6, 2010 in Room 133 adjacent to the new Commons area of the Mason City Public Library at 225 2nd St SE. She will read from her memoir and discuss her Iowa childhood with the audience.
Carol Bodensteiner was born (1948) in Maquoketa, Iowa, and raised on her family’s dairy farm in eastern Iowa.

After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in speech and English education, Carol joined the American Soybean Association as editor of Soybean Digest magazine. Subsequently, she spent 23 years as public relations advisor to clients at two agencies. For 10 years, she was the president of CMF&Z Public Relations, one of the Midwest’s largest business-to-business public relations firms. In that capacity she worked with national, regional and local clients on everything from product introductions to community relations, legislative issues and crisis management.

Her first book, Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl, a memoir about her childhood on the farm, was published in 2008. In her memoir, Carol preserves in words for her son and generations to follow this natural, deeply textured way of life that has been nearly lost in our country. It is an engaging and humorous reminder of a child’s experiences on the farm in the mid-twentieth century.

In 2010, she joined 170 other writers in a collaborative project on the state of social media. The Age of Conversation 3 explores the shift of social media from the hypothetical to a staple in the modern marketing toolbox.

Since 1999, she has worked as an independent consultant and freelance writer. Currently she consults, teaches writing, and writes for her own projects and as a freelance writer. She writes regularly for The Iowan magazine.
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Carol’s program is free and open to the public. She will have copies of her memoir available for signing after her presentation.

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