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In "From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More," Becky Lewellen Povich takes us from her young Midwestern childhood in the 1950s to present day. Chapters are vignettes of everyday happenings, or unexpected events, written in the way only Becky can, with humor and poignancy woven into them. It begins with her years of summertime fun, Christmases, the neighborhood kids, cl In "From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More," Becky Lewellen Povich takes us from her young Midwestern childhood in the 1950s to present day. Chapters are vignettes of everyday happenings, or unexpected events, written in the way only Becky can, with humor and poignancy woven into them. It begins with her years of summertime fun, Christmases, the neighborhood kids, classmates, trips to the dentist, and long car rides to visit grandparents in Iowa.Becky willingly shares the bittersweet times which include her parents' divorce, major disappointments, preteen and teenage angst, a whack on her head from a falling crowbar, and her ill-fated first marriage, spent mostly in Germany. She also comically writes about her happy second marriage, cell phones, dishwashers, and how she was born with a klutz gene.


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In "From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More," Becky Lewellen Povich takes us from her young Midwestern childhood in the 1950s to present day. Chapters are vignettes of everyday happenings, or unexpected events, written in the way only Becky can, with humor and poignancy woven into them. It begins with her years of summertime fun, Christmases, the neighborhood kids, cl In "From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More," Becky Lewellen Povich takes us from her young Midwestern childhood in the 1950s to present day. Chapters are vignettes of everyday happenings, or unexpected events, written in the way only Becky can, with humor and poignancy woven into them. It begins with her years of summertime fun, Christmases, the neighborhood kids, classmates, trips to the dentist, and long car rides to visit grandparents in Iowa.Becky willingly shares the bittersweet times which include her parents' divorce, major disappointments, preteen and teenage angst, a whack on her head from a falling crowbar, and her ill-fated first marriage, spent mostly in Germany. She also comically writes about her happy second marriage, cell phones, dishwashers, and how she was born with a klutz gene.

30 review for From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gigi Ann

    In "From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More," Becky Lewellen Povich takes us from her young Midwestern childhood in the 1950s to present day. Chapters are vignettes of everyday happenings, or unexpected events, written in the way only Becky can, with humor and poignancy woven into them. It begins with her years of summertime fun, Christmases, the neighborhood kids, classmates, trips to the dentist, and long car rides to visit grandparents in Iowa. Becky willingly shares the bittersweet time In "From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More," Becky Lewellen Povich takes us from her young Midwestern childhood in the 1950s to present day. Chapters are vignettes of everyday happenings, or unexpected events, written in the way only Becky can, with humor and poignancy woven into them. It begins with her years of summertime fun, Christmases, the neighborhood kids, classmates, trips to the dentist, and long car rides to visit grandparents in Iowa. Becky willingly shares the bittersweet times which include her parents' divorce, major disappointments, preteen and teenage angst, a whack on her head from a falling crowbar, and her ill-fated first marriage, spent mostly in Germany. She also comically writes about her happy second marriage, cell phones, dishwashers, and how she was born with a klutz gene. My Thoughts... I found this memoir by Becky a delightful story of bits and pieces of her life. She brought back many memories of my own life when I was a youngster. She talks about her 'klutz gene' but I say join the klutz club, Becky. I, too have fallen around all my life. However, it was fun reading about all your funny falls much more. Reading her memoir was a week of fun filled days, I didn't want the book to end, therefore I only allowed myself to read about 50-70 pages a day, that way it lasted a lot longer before I reached the end. I even read two other books to make this one last longer, so I wouldn't reach the end so quick. All I can say about this book is "I Loved It." I followed Becky on her blog as she shared her ups and downs about her writing of her memoir. I pestered and pestered her about when can we get a copy, finally she took pity on me and gifted me with her book. A big THANK YOU Becky it was a joy to read your memoir. Did I say I loved the book so much I awarded it 5 'Chin Hairs'? I am looking forward to the sequel coming out sometime in 2015. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Ann Goodwin

    If you grew up in the 1950's and 1960's, you will LOVE this book! And even if you didn't, it will make that era come vividly to life for you. It's filled with humorous vignettes, but like any good memoir, it's also about life. And as we all know, life isn't always rosy. I am a child of that era too, and even though Becky grew up in Missouri and I grew up in Massachusetts, sometimes I felt like Becky and I shared the same childhood! We watched the same TV shows, played marbles in our driveways an If you grew up in the 1950's and 1960's, you will LOVE this book! And even if you didn't, it will make that era come vividly to life for you. It's filled with humorous vignettes, but like any good memoir, it's also about life. And as we all know, life isn't always rosy. I am a child of that era too, and even though Becky grew up in Missouri and I grew up in Massachusetts, sometimes I felt like Becky and I shared the same childhood! We watched the same TV shows, played marbles in our driveways and made potholders that we sold to our neighbors. (Did everybody do that???) Her writing is witty and her storytelling skills masterful. And she knows just how and when, in the middle of the stories of happy times, to foreshadow some harder times to come. Her prose is alternately laugh-out-loud funny and poignant. Becky says there will be a sequel to this memoir, and I can't wait to read it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Becky Povich is a personable writer telling her stories as though talking to a friend. I could relate to many of the stories as I grew up in the Midwest during the 1960s and even had divorced parents when that was unusual. Becky's trials included a father who abandoned his family and a military marriage that became abusive. Interspersed are anecdotes about scary roller window shades, missing the bus, getting tangled up with a barbecue grill. Stories are short and light-hearted, some I wished had Becky Povich is a personable writer telling her stories as though talking to a friend. I could relate to many of the stories as I grew up in the Midwest during the 1960s and even had divorced parents when that was unusual. Becky's trials included a father who abandoned his family and a military marriage that became abusive. Interspersed are anecdotes about scary roller window shades, missing the bus, getting tangled up with a barbecue grill. Stories are short and light-hearted, some I wished had gone into more detail as they only skimmed the surface of emotions. This was a pleasant read and a walk through my own memories.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Claro

    If you want to sit down for an afternoon and laugh with a friend, then read this book. Becky Povich puts the cookies on the table, pours the tea, and keeps the conversation going in this delightful memoir. Truth be told, I'm not much of a memoir reader so I worried I might have trouble keeping my head in the book, but Becky's conversational, friendly style drew me in and kept me reading. Many of her vignettes carried me back to my own "younger days," and I have to say that it was a lovely ride.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Cruz

    Poignantly inspiring recollection of Pigtails to Chin Hairs. Funny, amusing, heart warming and emotionally draining. I was laughing and silently aware how your childhood reminded me of my very own. Woolsworth for one, the bags of candies and remember the warm cashews? Separation and divorce wheels it's ugly head in any young lives. What we don't know at the time the responsible parties suffers just the same, we were to young to comprehend. Finding your place in the world is scary but reading you Poignantly inspiring recollection of Pigtails to Chin Hairs. Funny, amusing, heart warming and emotionally draining. I was laughing and silently aware how your childhood reminded me of my very own. Woolsworth for one, the bags of candies and remember the warm cashews? Separation and divorce wheels it's ugly head in any young lives. What we don't know at the time the responsible parties suffers just the same, we were to young to comprehend. Finding your place in the world is scary but reading your memoir, you managed to say, "Hey you are not alone, I survived." In spite of all your faults you so graciously pointed out, insecurities, stresses, klutziness (don't know if such a word exist?),I felt the nonchalant attitude "dust yourself off and move on." (Yes, way to go!) But one touching part of your memoir that took a hold of my heart, being a soldier's wife. Being a soldier's wife with a newborn marrying someone you really didn't know all to well, I wanted to give you a hug. I was captivated by the hardship, moving so faraway, not having enough money on a privates pay, living payday to payday, even pawning your typewriter. I could relate to it so vividly, managed to do the same thing on a soldier's pay, back in the days. You woke up and "BAM" this book was created. I have to tell you though, I'm a klutz too, yep I bumped into things and fell over things and tumbled down the stairs so I understand your plight or it could be that darn trifocal glasses! Chin hair, that's hilarious like looking in the mirror:) So happy you found your significant other and still enjoying the longevity of it like I am. Good luck and looking forward to the next book. Won this delightful book on Goodreads First Read Giveaway. Thank you Darlene Cruz. P.S. I'm still laughing!!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan Swiderski

    According to Edna St. Vincent Millay, "A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down." Yep, I'd say that sounds about right. I'd also say someone who's courageous enough to publish her memoir takes it a step farther, because she's not only showing her tush... she's going full Monty, and without benefit of make-up or hair stylist. Tell ya what, it takes a special leap of faith for someone to volunteer to be that vulnerable to readers' scrutiny, but not onl According to Edna St. Vincent Millay, "A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down." Yep, I'd say that sounds about right. I'd also say someone who's courageous enough to publish her memoir takes it a step farther, because she's not only showing her tush... she's going full Monty, and without benefit of make-up or hair stylist. Tell ya what, it takes a special leap of faith for someone to volunteer to be that vulnerable to readers' scrutiny, but not only does Povich open up her life for our perusal... she even points a finger at her flaws. Then again, I dunno... she "claims" to be a life-long klutz, but she sure managed to show an awful lot of charm and grace in the way she told her tale. (And plenty of good humor, too.) What's particularly endearing about this memoir is her story could be your story. Or mine. Her childhood memories will resonate with many readers, because she'll make them remember the same songs... the same TV shows... the same toys... the same feelings. Reading this book is as familiar and comfortable as sitting around the kitchen table reminiscing with family and lifelong friends. And in the reading, Povich becomes one of those friends sitting at the table with you, the one who really knows how to tell a story and make you laugh, and she's passing you a plate of freshly-baked cookies to enjoy with your coffee. I'm not saying there's nothing unique in Povich's memoir. There is. But in deftly forging connections with her readers through common references and recollections, she makes them more likely to care about her, and about her unique trials and tribulations. After all, she's a lifelong friend, right? [Why, yes, I'd LOVE another cookie, but, um Becky? How's about putting a robe on now, hon... we can't have you catching a chill.]

  7. 4 out of 5

    McGuffy Morris

    (A Memoir and More) By Becky Lewellen Povich This memoir is filled with heartfelt stories beginning with growing up in 1950s America’s heartland. I could relate to many of her references. Becky shares vivid tales of being a tomboy playing marbles, climbing trees, and of putting on parades with bicycles and wagons. She recounts stories of parochial school. She is honest about her trials of learning the multiplication tables, and other childhood moments, both good and not so good. We also meet Becky’ (A Memoir and More) By Becky Lewellen Povich This memoir is filled with heartfelt stories beginning with growing up in 1950s America’s heartland. I could relate to many of her references. Becky shares vivid tales of being a tomboy playing marbles, climbing trees, and of putting on parades with bicycles and wagons. She recounts stories of parochial school. She is honest about her trials of learning the multiplication tables, and other childhood moments, both good and not so good. We also meet Becky’s family. She was very close to her father until the family was divided by divorce and miles. This strained her relationship with her father, yet the rest of her family was close. She illustrates this in each touching memory of family vacations holidays, and the ups and downs of life. Not long after high school, Becky eloped. The next few years were spent as an Army wife, stationed in Germany. She also shares stories of motherhood. There are many tales of this period of her life. Even through the obvious hardships, Becky retained her trademark sense of humour and positive attitude. Though her first marriage ended, Becky shares happy stories from her second marriage. She is open, honest and very genuine in her writing. There are many funny stories, due to what Becky refers to as having a “klutz gene”. Reading her book is like sitting down with a friend and reminiscing. Her book is both fun and easy to read. The 1950s were a simpler time in many ways, and Becky reminds us of the simple goodness of growing up in that time. The foundation was set. Becky Lewellen Povich took her roots and continued to grow. In each life experience she found humour and lessons. I am thankful she shares them with us in her writing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    From the Militant Recommender Book Review Blog: http://militantrecommender.blogspot.com/ "From Pigtails to Chin Hairs" is a perfect title to describe this new memoir. Becky writes from the heart and her warmth resonates throughout these essays. You are on Becky's side from page one. Her life has not always been easy but she manages to look for the humor in any given situation. As she writes about her happy childhood growing up in a 1950's neighborhood, the kind of place where kids felt safe and pa From the Militant Recommender Book Review Blog: http://militantrecommender.blogspot.com/ "From Pigtails to Chin Hairs" is a perfect title to describe this new memoir. Becky writes from the heart and her warmth resonates throughout these essays. You are on Becky's side from page one. Her life has not always been easy but she manages to look for the humor in any given situation. As she writes about her happy childhood growing up in a 1950's neighborhood, the kind of place where kids felt safe and parents didn't worry, you can picture it in all the details. I can, anyway, because that's how I grew up, too! Kids played games together outside or watched black and white TV with the family, a time when watching TV was an event! She adored her handsome father and as the youngest of four siblings got a lot of his attention when he was home from work. But those happy times will come to an end, and Becky isn't afraid to write about her parents divorce and the hardships that the family dealt with afterwards. Later on she becomes a young Army wife and mother of a young son who follows her husband to Germany.There is a lot more to Becky's story and I encourage you to get a copy and enjoy this wonderful memoir (it even has cartoons by you know who!), yourself, and if you haven't read her blog, before, be sure to check out here: http://beckypovich.blogspot.com/ !

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Jean Byrem

    This book was purchased for me as a gift for my birthday. The gift giver had an ulterior motive; it is their desire to encourage me to write a memoir of my own. If it could only be as easy as Becky makes it look. Her words seem to flow onto the page as easily as if we were sitting down to a ‘girlfriends’ brunch and reminiscing about our lives over mimosas. Becky doesn’t pull any punches and takes you to the highs and lows of her life alike. It’s mixed with humor, pathos, and most important honest This book was purchased for me as a gift for my birthday. The gift giver had an ulterior motive; it is their desire to encourage me to write a memoir of my own. If it could only be as easy as Becky makes it look. Her words seem to flow onto the page as easily as if we were sitting down to a ‘girlfriends’ brunch and reminiscing about our lives over mimosas. Becky doesn’t pull any punches and takes you to the highs and lows of her life alike. It’s mixed with humor, pathos, and most important honesty. I could feel her pain at the many disappointments, but also her joy, and ability to laugh at the complexity of life. She paints a vivid picture of her humanness as well as that of her family. I felt as though I could easily laugh and cry with her, as well as rejoice at the triumph of her many successes. Certainly a ‘must read’ for anyone contemplating putting pen to paper in an attempt to record their own memories, but also a most pleasant way to pass an afternoon acquainting yourself with a delightful woman who has managed to look at life from all sides and come out smiling.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Ann Goodwin

    If you grew up in the 1950's and 1960's, you will LOVE this book! And even if you didn't, it will make that era come vividly to life for you. It's filled with humorous vignettes, but like any good memoir, it's also about life. And as we all know, life isn't always rosy. I am a child of that era too, and even though Becky grew up in Missouri and I grew up in Massachusetts, sometimes I felt like Becky and I shared the same childhood! We watched the same TV shows, played marbles in our driveways an If you grew up in the 1950's and 1960's, you will LOVE this book! And even if you didn't, it will make that era come vividly to life for you. It's filled with humorous vignettes, but like any good memoir, it's also about life. And as we all know, life isn't always rosy. I am a child of that era too, and even though Becky grew up in Missouri and I grew up in Massachusetts, sometimes I felt like Becky and I shared the same childhood! We watched the same TV shows, played marbles in our driveways and made potholders that we sold to our neighbors. (Did everybody do that???) Her writing is witty and her storytelling skills masterful. And she knows just how and when, in the middle of the stories of happy times, to foreshadow some harder times to come. Her prose is alternately laugh-out-loud funny and poignant. Becky says there will be a sequel to this memoir, and I can't wait to read it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Cobb Sabatini

    I won From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir and More by Becky Lewellen Povich from Goodreads. Becky Lewellen Povich's book, From Pigtails to Chin Hairs, takes readers on a journey that is often funny, nostalgic, sad, and encouraging. Becky's inner strength always shines through as she navigates the difficulties that life threw her way, and readers celebrate with her as she succeeds. Povich's book is also inspirational for writers who may have allowed hurdles and doubts to keep them from achieving I won From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir and More by Becky Lewellen Povich from Goodreads. Becky Lewellen Povich's book, From Pigtails to Chin Hairs, takes readers on a journey that is often funny, nostalgic, sad, and encouraging. Becky's inner strength always shines through as she navigates the difficulties that life threw her way, and readers celebrate with her as she succeeds. Povich's book is also inspirational for writers who may have allowed hurdles and doubts to keep them from achieving their dreams. From Pigtails to Chin Hairs is a wonderful book for any reader who enjoys revisiting a childhood of the fifties and sixties, as well as memoir enthusiasts of any age.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Judie Mcewen

    Everyone who grew up in the 50's/60's should read this book. I wasn't even out of the first chapter when I thought, "this could be my life, with a few changes." It brought back so many memories! Becky Povich is such a skilled writer, and she knows just how to move the reader on to the next chapter. I almost read it in one sitting, but my husband was complaining that the bedside light was keeping him awake. This woman has such a keen survival spirit, and such a wonderful outlook. I highly recomme Everyone who grew up in the 50's/60's should read this book. I wasn't even out of the first chapter when I thought, "this could be my life, with a few changes." It brought back so many memories! Becky Povich is such a skilled writer, and she knows just how to move the reader on to the next chapter. I almost read it in one sitting, but my husband was complaining that the bedside light was keeping him awake. This woman has such a keen survival spirit, and such a wonderful outlook. I highly recommend this book! And I may just read it again!!!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I was born the same year as the author, so in many ways could relate to things she wrote about and enjoyed the memories. She has an easy conversational style, as if you were reminiscing with an old friend. She shares the good and bad things in her life, but overall seems very upbeat and positive, which inspires. This author does love her exclamation marks! I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lavender Dreamer

    This was such an enjoyable book to read. It's one you don't want to put down once you start it. I even made notes of things the author and I have in common that I want to tell her about some day. Very sweet book. Can't wait for more from this talented author! Highly recommend to anyone of any age!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Megan Rang

    I won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I love to read memoirs. This one starts with the author and her memories as a young girl. It then takes you through the many stages of her life. Each chapter was something new. It kept the reading fresh and interesting.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Daryl Moad

    I gave this book to a friend here in Seniors' Housing. She requested it. I'm now awaiting her review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marianne Petersen

    Need some light-hearted reading that makes you laugh to yourself a few times on every page, then this book is it. And if you, like me, are close in age to the author, then you will over and over again think back to your past with a smile as you recall most all she brought up. How she writes is relaxing and fun, but still deep and very personable. Reading about her trials she endured growing up has you see what made her the adult she is now. You want to meet her in person. On days I was too busy t Need some light-hearted reading that makes you laugh to yourself a few times on every page, then this book is it. And if you, like me, are close in age to the author, then you will over and over again think back to your past with a smile as you recall most all she brought up. How she writes is relaxing and fun, but still deep and very personable. Reading about her trials she endured growing up has you see what made her the adult she is now. You want to meet her in person. On days I was too busy to read, I for sure thought about the book, wishing I had time. But being they are short stories, good chance I could still read one. Other days though, I couldn't put it down.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diane How

    I connected with Becky's description of growing up in the fifties and sixties. Her cherished memories sometimes made me sad, often made me laugh, and left me with an appreciation of the journey she's traveled. From a fractured little girl, struggling to understand divorce, to a vibrant caring woman who battled her way through many challenges, Becky shares her humor and wisdom with the world in this well-written memoir.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Lahain

    Memoir of a mid-western childhood and the author's experiences with marriage and family. Becky Lewellen Povich writes in a humorous, conversational style that pokes fun at herself and her subjects even while hitting on points of deep truth and honest emotion. She starts with her earliest memories and travels through her own girlhood with an objective and generally forgiving eye. And it isn't all Golden Oldies, television shows, and trips to grandma's house. A sudden and painful divorce not only r Memoir of a mid-western childhood and the author's experiences with marriage and family. Becky Lewellen Povich writes in a humorous, conversational style that pokes fun at herself and her subjects even while hitting on points of deep truth and honest emotion. She starts with her earliest memories and travels through her own girlhood with an objective and generally forgiving eye. And it isn't all Golden Oldies, television shows, and trips to grandma's house. A sudden and painful divorce not only robbed the author of her father, who moved away, but also of her mother, a difficult and complicated personality. Through Llewellen Povich's poignant recollections, we witness how her efforts to rebel against her mother's smothering hold lead to a hasty first marriage and early motherhood. The union ends with a dramatic escape by mother and child from an army base in Germany. Years later, the author would enjoy a more successful partnership. Though even a happy marriage isn't insulation against life's tragedies, as we learn through Lewellen Povich's story of flying home after seeing her terminally ill older sister, a person who repeatedly stepped into the breach with the emotional support that their mother wouldn't or couldn't provide. The chapters of this memoir are presented in roughly chronological order, but one doesn't necessarily directly lead to the next in terms of topic. Lewellen Povich's recollections meander a bit, the way human memory does as we look back and try to make sense of the people and experiences that weave in and out of our lives. Yet, despite the skipping from episode to episode, the author's chipper voice and honest spirit provide a continuous thread that guides the reader through. The only portion that I personally would have left out are the writing exercises at the very end. Interesting as they are, they don't seem to fully mesh with the larger narrative. Overall, I enjoyed FROM PIGTAILS TO CHIN HAIRS. It demonstrates the importance of our own particular lives and the power of memory.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Lippincott

    One of the things I most appreciated about Becky Povich’s memoir, From Pigtails to Chin Hairs, is her homespun voice. Much of the memoir I read has been edited and polished to a gleam. I’m a huge fan of eloquent prose, but more than once I’ve wondered if polishing a story to a high gleam, pleasing to professional eyes, may have sacrificed some of its soul. Further discussion of that point is beyond the bounds of this review. Besides, nobody will wonder that about Becky’s book. It has the natural One of the things I most appreciated about Becky Povich’s memoir, From Pigtails to Chin Hairs, is her homespun voice. Much of the memoir I read has been edited and polished to a gleam. I’m a huge fan of eloquent prose, but more than once I’ve wondered if polishing a story to a high gleam, pleasing to professional eyes, may have sacrificed some of its soul. Further discussion of that point is beyond the bounds of this review. Besides, nobody will wonder that about Becky’s book. It has the natural, raw, intensely real feel of a log cabin or hand-stitched quilt. I was touched by her constant candor. Who would think of including an embarrassing restroom scene from grade school? That humbly real account lit up the book early on. I ping-ponged along with her through various mother-related emotions, taking heart when she finally summed things up: “I’ve come to the conclusion that although I loved her, I didn’t really know her, and I resented her.” A thrillingly brave statement! My heart melted when she received a personal letter from her shero, Doris Day, and I held my breath when Tupperware time rolled around. My heart pounded while she was in Germany, calming down only when she and her baby were airborne, headed back to the USA. I seldom cry as I read, but her sister’s death broke my heart. While the story is basically chronological, the structure is satisfyingly complex. She mixes chronology and detailed narrative with uplifting, humorous reflection. One statement seems to sum things up: “I know everything that happened in my life has made me who I am today.” Maybe the fact that I share that perspective made the book resonate especially well with me throughout.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    I received this book in a giveaway. What a fun, easy read! Becky Lewellen Povich has a clear, easy, and informal way of telling her memoirs that makes the reader feel like a friend hearing old tales. She's managed to create a collection of highlights from several decades of her life that encompass every aspect of the typical life: joy, sadness, embarrassment, pride, and so many more. Regardless of their ages and experiences readers can relate to these snippets that Becky has shared. I thoroughly I received this book in a giveaway. What a fun, easy read! Becky Lewellen Povich has a clear, easy, and informal way of telling her memoirs that makes the reader feel like a friend hearing old tales. She's managed to create a collection of highlights from several decades of her life that encompass every aspect of the typical life: joy, sadness, embarrassment, pride, and so many more. Regardless of their ages and experiences readers can relate to these snippets that Becky has shared. I thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to reading another of her books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cindelu

    I won this book on Goodreads. This book was an entertaining series of short stories about Ms Povich's life growing up in the 50's and to present day. As she and I are very nearly the exact same age I enjoyed and related to her stories. The tales brought back more than a few memories of my own. She has a lovely way with words and it makes for a quick and enjoyable read. Some of the stories are sad, some funny and some purely enjoyable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I won this book on goodreads and it was an interesting story of life in the 1950s to the present. It started off as as a story , but the last few chapters were more like short articles and not in order. The author tries not to dwell on the bad things that happened but it still sounds like her life was very hard.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    Becky Povich's memoir is a lovely little trip down the memory lane of the 1950's, a simpler time. The trip is not a paradise, however, as Becky honestly tackles the perils of growing up, her parents' divorce, her first marriage and the joy she has found as an adult. I enjoyed most parts of the book and there were times when I just skimmed it. All in all, a nice memoir.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Hall

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Marvin Hilfiker

  28. 5 out of 5

    Abby

  29. 5 out of 5

    Helen Coffman

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alice

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