The Growing Seasons: An American Boyhood Before the War, by Samuel Hynes

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An interesting look at the time before WW2 in the American mid-west. I understand the appeal of a mythic past, but this book clearly shows that it was an unstable time threatened by break-down and stagnation. Hynes is clear eyed about the reality of his elders being significantly different from his own, particularly his father's and his step-mothers, but ultimately I wanted more of his thoughts about society at that time. This is a memoir of one man's experience, of course, so maybe that wasn't the point.