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Review of EARLY by mjNordgren

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Early, by M.J. Nordgren is a treasure­trove of humorous and poignant true stories about the lives

of loggers and their families in northern Oregon, in the first half of the 20

dangerous era before logging equipment was modernized. The book presents a mosaic of wild and

real accounts of men of extraordinary strength and perseverance who survived , and sometimes

didn’t, the many dangerous situations of the logging trade.

M.J. Nordgren has written a history alive with the many accounts passed along by Earl Nordgren

and others about the logging legacy. It includes many of the stories of fellow loggers, neighbors,

and friends, and of Nordgren’s family, a generation of early settlers originally from Sweden. The

Nordgren family settled in the hills near Forest Grove, Oregon, about 23 miles west of Portland,

and thus the book presents an important piece of the history of this Northwest region.

Earl Nordgren, an American boy educated in a small schoolhouse, observed and reflected the

character and language of the rugged loggers and their families during his long and prosperous

logging career. M. J. Nordgren recognizing the beauty and the character of the people, has

preserved in her writing, their speech, mannerisms, their outlooks, their mistakes and their

sorrows, and has given us a taste of the lives of people of the local countryside and community.

The book sparkles as each lively story brings a gift of humor and insight so enjoyable and

irresistible that one is surprised in the end to have learned an important piece of history, all while

laughing and shedding a few tears.

Anne Stackpole­Cuellar

October 2015

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Author: mjnordgren

as a retired physician, i have needed to talk with many persons about end of life. And then I cared for my husband for more than five years.

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