Young chicagoan joan wehlen describes her daily life growing up in the city and ruminates about the impending war daily headlines and major touchstones of the era fdrs radio addresses the lindbergh kidnapping goodbye mr chips and citizen kane churchill and hitler war work and red cross meetings included are joans charming doodles of her latest dress or haircut reflective of the era. This captivating diary of the years leading into world war ii provides a fresh view of the american scene before and after the attack on pearl harbor donald a ritchie author of doing oral history home front girl reveals the perceptions of a creative brilliant and hopeful yet genuine teenage girl in an uncertain and perilous era . Home front girl the diary of a chicago teenager written during the years 1937 1942 offers a slice of life of those pre war and war years it also as joan writes in a late entry includes those things that people tend to forget when they grow older. Praise for home front girl a diary of love literature and growing up in wartime america an important and refreshingly engaging word painting of a far more innocent time in us history home front girl is all about the thrill of being young of questioning and dreaming and how those dreams can so easily begin to shatter under the crush of impending world events. Home front girl a diary of love literature and growing up in wartime america joan wehlen morrison edited by susan signe morrison chicago review ipg dist 1995 272p isbn
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