Busia, as Reviewers See the Book

“Books in Brief,” reviewed by Mary Lanham, Polish American Journal, August 2017, p. 6:

Leonard Kniffel paints a compelling picture of this simpler time in his life with his short memoir…. Kniffel’s style in Busia is perfect for younger and older readers alike….” Read the full review online.

Booklist Online Exclusive: May 18, 2017, reviewed by Bill Ott.

“In this charming yet meaty memoir, Kniffel takes readers to a rural Michigan farm in the 1950s, where he

spent his youngest days. As a little boy, he was known by the Polish derivation of his name, Lenús. With

his mother away working, it was up to his Busia, his grandmother, to care for him, even as the child cares

for her. Writing with evocative precision, Kniffel describes life on the farm; his chores, which, despite his

age, Lenús performs with aplomb; the wonders on view, lush lilacs, and hidden eggs; the treats, as on

Christmas—a miniature gas station under the tree!—and the uncertainty that comes with tornadoes and

landlords whose decisions affect their lives. As the book moves through the seasons, Kniffel’s narrative

captures the rhythms of country life as well as the ups and downs of human existence. Everything is

important here, from the visit of a telephone man to the visit of a mother. This is a book to be savored.”

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Busia: Seasons on the Farm with My Polish Grandmother.

Kniffel, Leonard (author).

Feb. 2017. 57p. PolishSon, hardcover, $15 (9780692032947).

Order from the Polish Museum of America or the Polish Art Center.

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