Busia: School Days on the Farm With My Polish Grandmother by Leonard Kniffel


Reading this memoir recalls Wordsworth’s insight, “The child is father of the man”. As the author describes his singular childhood as an only child raised by his enterprising and old-country Polish grandmother on a Michigan farm, we watch “Busia” churn butter, preserve pears, and save the imaginative lad from a series of mishaps. We see “Lenuś” get his finger stuck while operating her pedal sewing machine, dress as a witch for Halloween, and play librarian in their farmhouse. The child has a more ambivalent relationship with his own single mother, a siren who moves in and out of his early life, along with a cast of relatives who farm and work in auto factories. Busia, with her Polish customs, work, ethic, and broken English, is the young boy’s one constant – a gem of a woman who loves him with her whole heart and endows him with the ability to love and flourish in his own right. – Wanda Urbanska, author and broadcast journalist

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The book chronicles one year in the life of a young boy and his grandmother on a farm in Michigan in the 1950s.

Hardcover 49 pages
Size 6.25″ x 9.25″ – 16cm x 23.5cm

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6.25 × 1 × 9.25 in


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