Tuesday, August 4, 2015

"Sketches of a Small Town: Circa 1940" Book Review!

I LOVE learning. Something about cramming information into my head that hasn't existed there before is exciting to me. I love when it betters my life, or expands my mind. Books have a tendency to take you to another place and another time that you may not have experienced otherwise. Needless to say, my favorite aspect is "another time". Things change as the years pass and it's fascinating to see the differences in different eras. Social patterns, styles, problems, etc. are all aspects that can define an era. Additionally, things happen in each of these eras that define them.

When offered the opportunity to review a paperback copy of "Sketches of a Small Tow: Circa 1940" I was excited! This era is the one that many of our grandparents lived in! Obtaining that insight is just fascinating. By thinking about what I've read, I can see how this generation is the way it is.  Sometimes, viewpoints and attitudes are a result of the raising. After all, how can you adapt to something easily when it goes against the grain of what you DO know?

"Sketches..." is a beautiful insight into one place and one point in time. Although it may mean nothing to the world, it is the entire world to Clifton K. Meador, MD (the author). This book is a great demonstration that each individual person has a collection of opinions, experiences, memories, and reactions that makes them part of the colorful tapestry that is human civilization. My favorite parts examined segregation. It is so easy to forget that people used to live differently with different viewpoints in our freer world of today! The struggles of the past have shaped our presence. 

The book was very easy to read and understand. The detail and personal voice the author put into the text make it an entertaining and interesting read. If you're looking to be transported to a different place and time and feel like you're listening to a story...pick up "Sketches of a Small Town: Circa 1940" today! You'll be so extremely happy that you did! 

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