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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - January 2010
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Boudreaux to review ‘Little Heathens’ Jan. 12
Polk County Enterprise - January 2010

LIVINGSTON — A great opportunity to be entertained and served a delicious brunch on a winter morning: Enjoy a child’s view of life on an Iowan farm during the Great Depression through Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Colleen Boudreaux will bring to life the unexpected pleasures found in a hardscrabble life after the father is banished for life by the strict grandfather following bankruptcy and time in jail, and the family moves in with grandparents on the farm. “But how did young Mildred — a homely, chubby, fatherless kid, reared by a melancholy mother and regimented grandparents who referred to their shamed daughter’s children as ‘spawn’ — how did such a seemingly unlucky little being manage to work up the genius to relish every minute of her life?” Little Heathens was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 best books of 2007. Colleen Boudreaux is currently reviewing literary works for book clubs and organizations throughout Texas and Oklahoma, with an emphasis on award-winning authors. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a double-major in Speech and Theater and in English. Brunch & A Book is a charitable organization, donating all proceeds over costs to local causes: Saafe House, Empty Stocking, Polk County Child Welfare Board, Polk County Emergency Health Board, and First Methodist’s Helping Hands Fund. The review will be held in the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church of Livingston, 2801 Hwy 190 West at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, the review is in the sanctuary, followed by brunch in the fellowship hall. Tickets are $10 and are available at Ambience Design, The Clay Cup, Toni’s, First United Methodist Church, and at the door. Everyone is welcome. Nursery provided upon request.

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