Title: Sketches of a Small Town…circa 1940. A memoir
Author: Clifton K. Meador (Illustrations), Beth Stein (Editor), Mark Cowden (Illustrations)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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These are stories of coming to age in the great depression in the deep South in the times of strict segregation of the races. The stories are funny, sad, poignant. The writing has been compared to Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor.
Book Summary (from Amazon)
For a boy coming of age during the 1930s and ’40s, Greenville, Alabama, a small cotton-farming town in the Deep South, was a wonderfully rich environment. Greenville may have been small, but for author Clifton K. Meador, MD, life growing up there was anything but dull. In his memoir Sketches of a Small Town…circa 1940, Meador lovingly retells the stories that formed his values and shaped his life. For young Clifton and his friends, there’s plenty of trouble to stir up, ranging from a field fire, to buzzard hunting, to fights between the “country boys” and the “city boys,” and, of course, girls. There are also poignant moments, such as the loss of his best friend because of the impenetrable wall of segregation. And there are quirky characters—the town’s sole, somewhat frightening taxi driver; the intriguing, cross-dressing homosexual; and the eccentric agronomy professor turned failed farmer. Sketches of a Small Town…circa 1940 not only tells one man’s story, but also beautifully captures the remarkable people, places, and events that characterized a unique lifestyle in a bygone era.
“What we have here is a poignant, very funny, yet respectful look back at small-town life and characters in the Deep South in the ’30s and ’40s, pre-prosperity, before it was a recognized condition. Meador is a Mark Twain without the river and a Garrison Keillor without the snow… and Baptists instead of Lutherans. I loved this book.” —Harold Chambliss – freelance writer, humorist, and former magazine publisher