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I view my life in chapters. Letters home is about the chapter in my life that my husband was in the Air Force and we lived in Europe. It was an exciting, adventurous, wonderful chapter. In the next chapter in my life we both became teachers. The first ten years we both taught in a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed children. We also had two children of our own. Moving to another town and teaching in a regular high school and watching our kids grow through their teenage years was the next chapter, followed by our retirement. We now have a craft business and stay busy working in the wood shop and taking our products to craft shows.
on June 06, 2015 :
This is the second book I've read by this author, and I loved this one too. The first book was Letters from Home about her time in Europe with her serviceman husband in the 70s. You could call this book the prequel since it covers her early life up to her departure for Europe, but it is so much more than that.
The engaging style, which feels like a storyteller of old sitting by the fire each evening telling you about the "olden days", pulls you in and keeps you interested all the way through. Never too much. Never too little. Just enough about each subject. And always told with respect, love, heart and decency.
While these may be the life stories of the author and her loved ones, they are also the social history of her community and of America. Presented in a direct, engaging style, the reader hears about the details of daily life from the 1920s through the 1970s, some of it inspiring, some heartbreaking. The only subject skirted was race.
I hope that the publishing revolution will produce many more of these life stories, since they are so much more relevant than some sociologist's generalities. If tweens and teens had to read books like this one alongside their social-studies books and history books, I'm sure they would learn a heck of a lot more about American social history and about their fellow human beings.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)