While growing up amid humble surroundings in Roxobel, North Carolina, Alice Omoti begins her sophomore year of high school without any idea that one decision is about to change the course of her life forever.
Recollections from the years 1915 to 1945. Childhood, school years, the Great Depression, drought, dust storms, and the Roosevelt Era. Thirty years encompassing two world wars—all spent in and around Wells, Kansas.
For as long as she could remember, Peggy Kennedy bore witness to her mother’s mental illness. While growing up in the 1960s, Peggy’s mother, Barbara, often liked to play games of make-believe and tell the children they were all going to Neverland—just like Peter Pan. But while the children knew it was all pretend, Barbara believed it to be all too true.
After developing an unlikely friendship in a small town in Rhode Island; Annie and Caroline are now busy living separate lives. One day, Caroline receives the painful news that their friend, Charlotte, is fighting for her life. This tragedy reconnects Annie and Caroline as they begin to reminisce about high school, old friends, and how some friendships were formed and broken, as well as how their unique relationship all began.
Back when Brenda Bond was growing up in the 1950s, life was as simple as Kool-Aid. In Front Porch Sketches, she reminisces about what life was like in Cyrus Creek, a small, rural community near Barboursville, West Virginia.
This book depicts the life of a young woman growing up in a rural coal mining community on Paint Creek in southwestern West Virginia in the late 1930s during segregation. The story shares the joys, pains, and triumphs experienced from childhood through adulthood. It also reveals the lives of the neighbors in the surrounding communities, their struggles and victories as well as those of strangers encountered along the way.
In the legendary land of the Vikings, even the most ordinary boy can become a hero. It isn’t easy being ordinary in Danmark, especially for twelve-year-old Gorm. Growing up in a land of fearsome Vikings, where warrior kings rule and his own father is a daring explorer; Gorm would like to become known for more than a stomach that won’t stop grumbling.
Finding Falafel is the story of a young American woman's discovery of her Jewish heritage as a student in Israel and a fascinating portrait of the many Israelis she encountered. The book is an account of the author's travels and study in Israel in 2002, but it is also about a young American woman's growing up, taking individual initiative, developing meaningful relationships, and moving beyond her usual boundaries.
Raised in a Greek immigrant family amid New England’s industrial decline, Manny Voulgaropoulos wanted to explore exotic places. His ticket to adventure was medical school in Belgium, where he learned how Belgium’s colonization of the Congo exploited its indigenous people. His medical training, originally a passport to travel the world, became his means to alleviate suffering of poor and underprivileged people.
Don Hamacher’s life story can almost be a handbook for a happy existence. After graduating from college, he dreams of becoming a US Marine band director, but his poor eyesight results in an honorable discharge. Luckily, he still sees well enough to keep his eyes on Maggie, his college sweetheart. After he lands a job at a high school in Robinson, Illinois, the two are married in 1944.