Hugh Hawkins was seven years old when his fatherÆs job with the Rock Island Railroad forced his family to relocate to far western Kansas. Before he turned twelve the family had lived in three ôRock Island townsö: Herington, Kansas; Goodland, Kansas; and finally El Reno, Oklahoma. Such was the life of a railwaymanÆs son during the Great Depression. In this warm and thoughtful memoir, Hawkins paints a portrait of a middle-class familyÆs traditions and values in the heartland of the 1930s and 1940s.
ôI can't remember the last time I used the words ælovelyÆ and æmarvelousÆ to describe a book, but surely they apply to Hugh HawkinsÆs evocation of a vanished America, a work that is as sure-footed as it is touching.ö ùMadeleine Blais, author of Uphill Walkers: Portrait of a Family
ôHawkins combines the skills of an accomplished historian with the sensitivities of a novelist to construct an engaging and poignant memoir of a Midwestern childhood in the 1930s and the first half of the 1940s. Through his memories and reflections, the author provides an intimate view of his family and a fresh perspective on the powerful forces that shaped the lives of Americans during these tumultuous times.ö ùN. Ray Hiner, University of Kansas
ôCharming, entertaining, and well-writtenö ùReference & Research Book News
ôA delightful book, made especially good because of the historical accounting of the eraö ùMexia Daily News