A Penny's Worth of Minced Ham

A Penny's Worth of Minced Ham

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Hastings experienced the rural and small town side of an event that touched all who weathered ita€”the economic crash of 1929 and its 10-year aftermath. The author grew up in Marion, Illinois, entering the first grade in 1930, the start of the Great Depression. This book, which recalls memorable epiAssodes in the life of that boy, is a sequel to the popAsular A Nickela€™s Worth of Skim Milk. What Hastings experienced as a child was typical of depression-era life. Those who were young then can relive lost youth in Hastingsa€™ books. And there were moments worth reliving: Hastings tells of a€œlaughter and love and tears in the midst of hunger and cold and deprivation.a€ Those too young to have experienced the economic devastation can see those hard days through the eyes of a trained storyteller reporting from the point of view of a child.I now had a dime loaf of bread, fourteen cents worth of lunch meat, and one cent for the Illinois sales tax, totaling exactly a quarter. And Mr. Swan had his pennya#39;s worth of minced ham. Ia#39;ll not reveal what my mother said when I got home, but itanbsp;...

Title:A Penny's Worth of Minced Ham
Author: Robert J. Hastings
Publisher:SIU Press - 1986

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