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Feisty Lydia is the personal story of a woman born in 1925 in Neuotting, Germany. Her remarkable spirit helped her to survive a premature birth, the Great Depression, death-defying experiences, the Nazi regime, and war in her country. The story continues when this German war bride journeyed with her young son Johnny aboard an American troop ship to America in 1948 to join her husband John. Read how Lydia used her feisty and optimistic spirit to overcome the struggles of life in a new country and to create her Elysian Fields, a place of joy and tranquility, in the city of Elysian, MN. Sprinkled with glimpses of history to provide the setting, the biography of Lydia is created from personal interviews with Lydia, her family, and friends.
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Edna Thayer lived next door to Lydia on Lake Francis in Elysian, MN for over 32 years. Lydia regaled her often with the stories of her life, and Edna thought her story just begged to be written. This is the third book authored or co-authored after Edna retired from over forty years of working as a registered nurse, in roles ranging from teaching at a university to being a Director of Nurses in an acute care hospital. Edna holds two master's degrees: one in counseling and one in nursing. She and her husband David have three children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.Review:
Full of humor and rich in detail, Feisty Lydia allows readers to peek through a window into the life of a warm, energetic woman. We all wish Lydia were our next door neighbor. Through her spirit and example, she points out the perks of living life feistily. This book is a moving personal story illustrating the strength of the human spirit. --Ellen Bisping, English teacher, Faribault High School
Feisty Lydia inspires! From tears to laughter, this memoir will warm your soul with stories of a true survivor. It tells of the great personal strength of a woman fighting many obstacles. It proves that a little feistiness goes a long way but a lot leaves an impression! This story of the journey of a young war bride from Germany to America will captivate you from beginning to end. --Christine Paton, Woodbury, MN
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Book Description Minnesota Heritage Publishing, 2009. Condition: New. Artists: Kirk Ross; Lorie J. Giefer (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0979494087