The Albuquerque Years
Sharon Lippincott's memoir of her idyllically happy preschool years in a semi-rural Albuquerque neighborhood in the years immediately after WWII. Includes author notes at end. More
The Albuquerque Years is Sharon Melton Lippincott’s story of life as a precocious preschooler in Albuquerque immediately after World War II. She blithely recounts a time of pure happiness in an era without television, battery operated toys, preschool, play groups, swing sets, or frozen foods. She tells of her daddy’s vegetable garden, and how chicken feed bags provided fabric for her next dress, how she caught her first fish, how she learned to count while gathering eggs, to read by copying words from Mommy’s magazines, and to sew at Mommy’s knee. She takes
readers along to the laundry, out to the chicken yard, and off to a neighborhood Bible School. She visits the zoo, climbs a tree, and sneaks into a deserted Air Force barracks. She hears growly voices, smells lilacs, feels fear, and shares her happiness.
This ingenuous narrative is told with the simple candor and color of a young child’s Crayola drawings, without analysis or guile. It includes a summary of the author’s experience as she completed the project through the venue of Internet-based print-on-demand publishing.