Miriam: Daughter of Finnish immigrants

Dloniak, Miriam Kaurala

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Family Succeeds with Fortitude and Finnish Sisu

Miram's story reveals her family's challenges, struggles and commitment to carve out a life in the northern Minnesota wilderness during the Great Depression. As immigrants in a new country, her parents captured the strength and courage from their Finnish heritage to build a strong family life with minimal resources. In spite of all their struggles, the Kaurala family found joy in the daily pleasures of life. Their happiness seemed to thrive during the summer days they spent outdoors together doing chores in their overalls and bare feet. Miriam's memories are woven together with love, honesty and humor. Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants connects generations and appeals to readers young and old. One reader said, "Your book is one of the most interesting I have read in a long time. It almost seemed like a record of my own family" Another reader wrote, "Your aunt has a strong voice, and I loved how she contrasted her life growing up with today's world. I felt like I was there with her."

Review: Miriam who grew up on a farm in Babbitt, Minnesota was born in 1919 and lived with her family during the Great Depression. She recalls how hard her dad worked as a miner and carpenter and her mother's homemaking skills in the days without appliances. Finnish people have a word for courage, strength and toughness. "We were endowed with Finnish Sisu, which is what Mother and Dad had to have to leave their homes in Finland and face the untold challenges of life in a new country," Miriam recalls. --Mary Ann Grossmann, St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Miriam, Daughter of Finnish Immigrants, is a book that will provide historians and sociologists with some insight into the Finnish culture and lifestyle of past generations. For others, the words, phrases and experiences remind us of what it was like to be raised as a child of Finnish immigrants in the United States. This memoir opens a window into the personal lives of a Finnish immigrant family by blending humor, hardship, love and history together." --Karen Douglas, Reviewer for The Finnish American Reporter

Miriam Kaurala's memoir describes her family's life mostly during her childhood in Babbitt, Minnesota. Miriam tells about periods of lives of each family member, but father Paavo and mother Hilja play the most important part. They passed on Finnish culture to their children. Descriptions about conveying tradition makes the book interesting. Miriam's memoir is well written and easy to read. This book earns a place among the Finnish American memoirs and serves researchers interested in immigrant culture. --Original text in Finnish by Auvo Kostiainen University of Turku translated by Sari Kaurala

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Title: Miriam: Daughter of Finnish immigrants
Publisher: Sampo
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