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Dog Bone Soup (Historical Fiction): A Boomer’s Journey

by Bette Stevens

 

What Amazon Says

 

Whether or not you grew up in the 1950s and 60s, you’ll find Dog Bone Soup (Historical Fiction) to be soup for the soul. In this coming-of-age novel, Shawn Daniels’s father is the town drunk. Shawn and his brother Willie are in charge of handling everything that needs to be done around the ramshackle place they call home—lugging in water for cooking and cleaning, splitting and stacking firewood…But when chores are done, these resourceful kids strike out on boundless adventures that don’t cost a dime. Dog Bone Soup is the poignant tale of a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in America in the 50s and 60s, when others were living the American dream.

 

My Thoughts

 

I was born in 1961. Although my father wasn’t the town drunk, he had an alcohol problem. Fortunately, we were never as poor as the family in this novel, but there were times when money was tight. So, I can relate.

I was right there with Shawn and Willie through their antics and hardships. I like the way the author tells this story from Shawn’s first-person point of view in the way he would have talked back then. I nearly applauded at one point close to the end of the book when Shawn, a teenager, takes a stand against his drunken father.

One scene really made me mad. At Thanksgiving, after President Kennedy has been assassinated, ladies from a local church bring the family a basket of food. Although the children are starving, Shawn’s mother is too proud to accept this gift, and in no uncertain terms, she tells those nice ladies what they can do with their “charity.” If we were in that position, I doubt my mother would have done that.

I like the title. Dog bone soup is a concoction Shawn’s mother makes frequently, consisting of meat from rancid dog bones mixed with vegetables. It may not have been too appetizing, but if you’re really hungry, you’ll eat anything. This book made me thankful that my family was never in such dire straits when I was growing up.

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This coming Saturday, I’ll be signing copies of my new book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, from 1-3 p.m. at Sheridan Stationery Books and Gifts here in Sheridan, Wyoming. If you’re in my neck of the woods, please stop by. You can also visit the event’s Facebook page to learn more.

You’re also invited to my state poetry society’s virtual open mic poetry reading on Sunday, December 12th at 5 p.m. mountain time. You can share some poetry or just listen. See below for details.

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WyoPoets is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

This event is open to anyone who wants to share or listen to poetry. You
don’t have to be a member of WyoPoets, you don’t even have to be in Wyoming
to participate. So, feel free to invite your friends!

 

Please sign up to read using this Google Form:
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The first 20 poets to sign up will get to read, additional poets will be
allowed based on time.

Topic: Poetry Night
Time: Dec 12, 2021 05:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

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