Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Orphan Train book

I finally finished the book They Named Me Marjorie that Kim sent me. (used your picture Kim, hope you don't mind!) I will now pass it on to Nancy. What a book! If you are not familiar with it it is written by the granddaughter (a quilter) of a woman who rode and was adopted from one of the Orphan Trains. The book was inspired/based on the autobiography written by the grandmother and found after her death.

To read about the orphan trains read the post here. I had seen Finn's blog Riding the Orphan Train but hadn't read far enough back to see this post and realize it was more than an expression. When I saw Kim's post about the book I read the blog post and asked to be put on the list for the book. This book was especially interesting to me because I work with foster children. As many flaws as there are in today's system, it sure beats the way children were treated 100 years ago!


Irish Quilting said...

Ok, I read the first sentences and i have to share my silly first impressions:
"I finally finished the book..."
Me: WOW! You wrote a book?
"...used Kim's picture, hope it was ok..."
Me: Isn't there copyright laws about that?

Ok, so I got it all wrong. But I love a good book referral. It sounds like it is getting passed around--but I hope I can find it on amazon.

Carol E. said...

Glad you enjoyed the book. I like to see it touching so many lives.

Ann Zemke said...

Like Carol, I'm delighted that my book "They Named Me Marjorie" is touching so many lives. My grandmother (Marjorie) would be happy to know that so many people have taken an interest in how she lived her life. My book isn't available on amazon. You may purchase it directly from me through my website at
Ann Zemke, author

Carin said...

I wonder if they have this book at the library. It sounds very interesting.

Thimbleanna said...

I saw this book when Kim mentioned it -- it looks SO interesting. And yes, aren't kids today so lucky they weren't orphans "back then"? Thanks for all your lovely wedding wishes -- you're a sweetie!

Ginger Patches said...

That looks like a good book. I have my kids read books on the orphan trains for history...I'll have to add that to my list-thanks :)

Sandi A. said...

Ann spoke at our church last summer and I bought her book. Wonderful story and it comes alive when you hear Ann tell it and share the quilt that she made (seen in the book). My mother was raised by her aunt following the death of her mother, so the story really spoke to me. I clicked on your blog from a post on the pincushion group. Is that group fun or what? Smiles, Sandi A.