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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449096662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449096663
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,923,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Don Shields was born and raised in Hoopeston, IL. The simplicity of life in the 1960s and 70s and the experience of growing up around people in his family's restaurant influenced his optimistic outlook on life. Shields also took on a part time career as a radio DJ, endowing him with the ability to enumerate his picture of life to his audience. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife of 35 years, Dorothy, and near his kids James and Debi and his grand-dog Akkadian.

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A delightful read and well worth the time.
jmlynch_98
The book, "Growing Up Doughnut", makes one appreciate how wonderful growing up in a small town was in the 50's & 60's.
Jill
After reading this book, it made me really miss my hometown.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Dixon on May 27, 2010
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I grew up and still live in Hoopeston and absolutely loved the book. It is a quick read and brought back many childhood memories. I think anyone who grew up in a small town in the 50's/60's/70's could relate to this book. Things were so simple back then! Put this book on your summer reading list!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori Baer on June 19, 2010
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Babyboomers who grew up in any small town in the Midwest will relate to Don Shields' story of growing up in Hoopeston, IL, home of the Cornjerkers and the National Sweet Corn Festival. Most kids had nicknames and Don's nickname was Doughnut because his parents were proprietors of the local Do-nut Shop. Readers can easily picture the scenes at the Do-nut Shop, which reminded me somewhat of the Chatterbox Café featured in radio skits by Garrison Keillor on "A Prairie Home Companion." Doughnut learned many lessons about life from the chatter he overheard there as a kid. His parents were simple, "salt of the earth" type people who taught him by example the values of hard work and customer service, and encouraged him to attain a college education. This book will take you back to a simpler place in time and stir your emotions enough to make you laugh and cry. And, if you happen to be an emotional eater, beware, Shields' descriptions of the tasty treats may give you strong cravings that could cause you to go out and get donuts!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill on July 10, 2010
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The book, "Growing Up Doughnut", makes one appreciate how wonderful growing up in a small town was in the 50's & 60's. I could picture the town, his antics, the DoNut shop, even the smell of those donuts baking while the regulars waited with their coffee cups in hand! I read this book with smiles, tears and even shudders with his tales of school daze (I knew teachers like that!) and "the belt". As soon as I finished the book, I immediately starting reading it again. I wanted to relive the story as Donnie Shields tells it. People of all ages should read this book, "city" people and "country kids", to experience and appreciate Growing Up Doughnutlife in this quaint, little town of Hoopeston, Illinois.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Mason on June 11, 2010
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If you are a baby-boomer who grew up in a small town in the Midwest, you need to read this book. Don caught the perfect symmetry of life in Central IL in the 50s/60s/70s when it was safe to ride your bicycle afer dark and everybody knew everyone else. His portrait of life in Hoopeston when it was in its heyday is the story of every small town that prospered and then gave way to "progress" while businesses and jobs slowly drifted away. He pays homage to the people who shaped his life - parents, family, teachers, friends, girlfriends and even an old doughnut machine. I know all of these things...because I was there too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bozman on July 9, 2010
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I didn't grow up in Don Shields' small town, but I did grow up on a farm outside an even smaller town and this book made me homesick. Although life in our little town was less idyllic than Shields' childhood, I recognized the same ebb and flow of growing up in the Midwest. Growing Up Doughnut made me laugh out loud and shed real tears -- the best you can hope for in a terrific book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda D. Troxel on June 20, 2010
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I grew up in Hoopeston, Illinois and this book brought back so many memories.
Its a quick read and every page is another adventure down memory lane.
i would highly recommend this to book to anyone that grew up in a small town....especially in the 60's and 70's......this book will make you laugh, cry and smile....and just feel all warm and fuzzy.

darlene vance troxel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce J. Burton on July 23, 2010
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Once begun, I found Don Sheilds' book very difficult to put down. Don did a wonderful job vividly painting a picture of a certain boy growing up in a small midwestern town. As a native, the nostalgia was overwhelming. All the references to people and places I knew made the story come alive and it was even more compelling when I was revealed something I didn't know.

Most native Hoopestonites that grew up in the 50's, 60's and 70's that I have had the occasion to have conversations with concerning our childhood years, seem to universally agree that Hoopeston was a special place for a child to grow up. Likewise, most remember their coming of age years as fondly as Don so poignantly portrayed in the book. It really makes one wonder if others feel the same about their hometown during those decades? Was it really that good, or are we indulging ourselves in a bit of fantasy?

This book should be a must read for all baby boomers. It's a story, seen through a child's eyes and experiences, about the world created by our parents who came back from World War II with very, very little and virtually created an entire life for their families from almost nothing. It was a world of kick the can until dark, phone operators that would smile at you at the grocery store after you spent three hours on the phone with your girlfiend and communities where every mother were the eyes and ears for all the other mothers.

Most of all it was a world with little fear. There was no significant drug culture in rural America then, no 24/7 news to keep you in constant turmoil, no reason to fear walking across town after dark and the realization, if you got in trouble, a neighbor, friend or readily avaliable family member would help you out.
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