Ohio Town

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Berkley Books, 1985 - History - 309 pages
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Helen Hooven Santmyer's tribute to her hometown of Xenia, Ohio, is even more valuable in light of the 1974 tornado that destroyed much of the community. But its life and history are preserved in Ohio Town, now available in paperback. More than 20 illustrations, included for the first time in this edition, enhance the text.

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Review: Ohio Town: A Portrait of Xenia, Ohio

User Review  - Serena - Goodreads

Being about a small town, this book is not surprisingly, rather slow moving, but it is a book to be savored for the beauty of the prose that reads almost like poetry. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Read full review

Review: Ohio Town: A Portrait of Xenia, Ohio

User Review  - Bev - Goodreads

Pretty dry. I had a hard time following the descriptions of houses, streets, etc. But it's a good reference for small town Americana so I'll probably keep it around. Read full review


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About the author (1985)

Helen Hooven Santmyer was born on November 25, 1895 in Xenia, Ohio. She attended both Wellesley College and Oxford University and was active in the struggle for women's rights. During her life, she has worked as a writer, an English professor, a librarian, and a dean of women. She is the author of And Ladies of the Club (1984), which was published when she was 88 years old. Her other works include Early Promise, Late Reward; Herbs and Apples; Ohio Town; and The Fierce Dispute. Early Promise, Late Reward tells the story of a small town Midwestern girl who was educated at Wellesley and became one of the first female Rhodes Scholars. She died on February 21, 1986 and was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1996.

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