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We Were Not Spoiled / A Franco-American Memoir


We Were Not Spoiled chronicles the life of Lucille Verreault Ledoux, a Mainer born in 1921. Born and raised in Lewiston, her life is typical of many Franco-Americans of her generation and, as such, is an important addition to our understanding of Maine’s ethnically diverse communities in the last century.

206 pages

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As a person who loves history I really enjoyed reading this story. It really explained the story of those years in history as well as Lucille’s personal history. I hope she does write her continuing story. I really enjoyed We Were Not Spoiled.
Christi L. Broersma

Growing up Franco in Lewiston or perhaps any other mill town in New England. Nostalgic reminiscing of a very much simpler time. And the timeless evil of bigotry. A good read.
M. Fortin



We Were Not Spoiled is a book of often overlooked details, of information thought to be marginal and so too frequently lost to students of history.

A basic function of memoir is to give witness to a time and a way of life gone by and this book succeeds well at this function. We Were Not Spoiled is full of period photos drawn from family collections and is generously endowed with endnotes to enhance the significance of the text for historical reference.

This is a book is full of period photos drawn from family collections and is generously endowed with endnotes to enhance the significance of the text for historical reference.

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10 reviews for We Were Not Spoiled / A Franco-American Memoir

  1. Tigerman55

    This book was so interesting, I didn’t put it down until I had finished reading it. It was fascinating to read about a time when people living in America were going through an incredibly difficult time. The details regarding how things were in those days compared to today are so different, it is hard to understand how people survived. Dennis has I feel, done an excellent job in portraying his mothers family life, which by today’s standards would be totally unacceptable. This book will appeal to people of all ages, as one can learn a lot by reading it. Well done Dennis for a well written story.

  2. Kathleen Pooler

    The beauty of this memoir is the glimpse the reader gets into the life of an immigrant family told by a woman looking back and reflecting on the day-to-day events that shaped her. The reader feels the daily struggles of this Franco-American family set against historical events. Issues such as the role of women in society, the impact of marginalization on a family’s life, and work conditions of the time are addressed in detail. The author provides endnotes to add depth to the narrative. There are also multiple family photos that help us see the people in the story.

  3. Martha Graham-Waldon

    This memoir effectively depicts the life and culture of a Franco-American working-class family, specifically the co-author’s mother, during the first half of the 20th century. It chronicles the growth of a large extended family that settles in Maine starting with her birth as the oldest child to a grand total of 12 siblings who in turn branch out with their own families. I especially enjoyed the old photos which brought each of these characters to life for me. The book preserves an important historic and cultural era in America.

  4. Bruce Pagliaroli

    This is a good book that I would recommend to anyone who would be in the process of writing a memoir or thinking of writing a memoir, lots of good information and ideas you can retrieve from this memoir, I just can’t believe how life was for the ones living in the past compared to today’s world. I would give this book a high rating. This book is well written and a job well done by the author.

  5. SusanneCA

    A very direct and easy to read memoir of this woman’s early life. Useful as an example to encourage others to help our older generations document their lives for their grandchildren and to document a point and place in time.

  6. hat girl

    This book tackles the challenge of documenting years of oral history. Having written our own German immigration story, I acknowledge the painful “birthing” of a book. The typical French family procreated almost annually, creating a formidable physical demand on all in the household, especially the mother. My Pipi was one of 15, and this book brings to life the unrelenting demands of the large family…This book is an encouragement to all who would like to document their own story.

  7. Brenda Carleton

    I grew up in the Farwell neighborhood and especially enjoyed areas and people I recalled. Easy reading and informative for the time period. I hope there is book #2.

  8. Roland Vallerand

    Enjoyed the content of the book. It was presented like a story told at the kitchen table of Lucille’s experience growing up French in Maine. I related to the locations and places as well a her experiences in Auburn and Lewiston.

  9. Virginia Allain

    Lucille Ledoux narrates her parent’s story and then her own first 30 years to her son, Denis. He wrote these down and I’m so glad he did.
    This memoir gave me insight into the life of my own Franco-American mother-in-law as there were many parallels to her life….I found it a most enjoyable read since I love these homespun memories. I wish more people would take the time to collect their parents’ stories and commit them to paper.

  10. A. M. Sandstrom

    This memoir helped me understand what life was like for my ancestors, and appreciate modern conveniences, as well as the vast store of knowledge each relative possesses. Special thanks to Lucille & Denis for making this book available!

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