Monday, January 19, 2009

Related Reading: More Childhood Memoirs Set in the 1950s

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan
Written by her daughter Terry, Evelyn Ryan fights poverty and an alcoholic husband by entering and winning contests in which she writes short, rhymed jingles and advertising slogans for popular consumer products of the era.

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickham
In 1957, 14-year-old Homer “Sonny” Hickam watches Sputnik fly over his hometown of Coalwood, West Virginia, and sets out with his friends to learn all they can about launching rockets.

This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
Young Toby Wolff grows up with an abusive stepfather in this award-winning, classic coming-of-age memoir.

Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Set in the suburbs of New York, Goodwin pens a moving tribute to her father and their shared love of baseball and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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