This is a delightful book about the author's childhood in rural Mississippi during the Great Depression. It follows his life from the age of three--when his father was sent to prison for shooting at the county sheriff for reasons best left out of a family site--through his first few days as a Navy recruit at age 14. Along the way, he lives in an orphanage, a series of sharecroppers' shacks, a log cabin, and on a farm. He learns to pick cotton by hand, harvest sorghum and make molasses, milk cows, canvegetables,and drive a horse-drawn wagon past a noisy locomotive. He works the wheat harvest in America's heartland during World War II and picks cotton in the Mississippi Delta.
This young boy learns the harder lessons of life, too, as heis repeatedly betrayed by his relatives and clings to his older brother, Dub, who moves in and out of his life. He experiences joy and sadness, elation and disappointment,common to all children everywhere. No matter where a reader grew up, there will be experiences in this book to which he can relate.
Through Joe, wealsosee how rural families survived during this difficult time in our nation's history. What they ate, how they dressed, how they made enoughmoney to get by,how they warmed themselves in cold weather, and how they learned of what was happening in the world, are all discussed and add to the richness of Joe's story. We see how the races really got along during those times, and are exposed to the hatred spewed by self-serving politicians, allthrough the innocence of a young boy's eyes.
Readers have described this book as "an easy read" and have reported enjoying it very much. There is some language and afewadult situations that may make it inappropriate for readers belowthe teen years. It is available for $16.95, plus shipping and handling, from http://shoppow.com.