The other day I shared with you Richard D. Niece, Ph.D.’s tips for Teaching Responsibility in an Irresponsible Market. Today I want to share Dr. Niece’s new book The Side-Yard Superhero which he calls an “Automythography”, A work of nonfiction that looks reflectively at what we think we remember and how we think we remember it; an iridescent memory based upon truth and fact.
A university president and true storyteller, Niece shares an assortment of childhood memories, ranging from the eccentric and humorous (the trendsetting Fern Burdette who only wore a brassiere from the waist up) to the heartwarming and poignant (the reclusive Miss Lizzie who made the best pumpkin bread in the Midwest) to the true bittersweet moments, including Dick Tracy comic lover and wheelchair-bound, Bernie Jones.
“Being friends with Bernie Jones was no different than being friends with any other boy in town. Although Bernie’s world was confined to a wheelchair, it did not stop him from being an intrepid daydreamer, adventurer and hero,” says Niece. “I learned more from Bernie on how to live life than from any other person.”
Raised in a town of 900 residents, Niece learned the true sense of community and trust, a theme that runs throughout his memoir.
“The memories I share in The Side-Yard Superhero are about capturing a time of pure innocence and
simplicity,” says Niece. “I wanted to write a book that appealed to grandparents and grandchildren alike, opening the dialogue about the time when life was simple and people were downright good.”
This is a great feel-good book that will take you back to the good old days and keep you smiling all the way through. It is an easy read filled with quirky characters and colorful descriptions of the people and places in DeGraff.
You can win The Side-Yard Superhero here from The Mom Maven.
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