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He Called Her 'Hat': That Tough Little Lady, My Grandmother Paperback – September 7, 2012
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About the Author
Myron C. McDonald, was born and raised in Calhoun County in Southern Michigan, USA. Later he attended college and met his future wife, June, at Michigan State University. While attending college on a shoestring, he washed dishes for his upkeep. The first and only college graduate in his family, Myron went on to success as an advertising executive, rising to the post of Vice President of the huge New York firm, McCann Erickson. After retirement, Myron and June spent their remaining years in comfort, in Tucson, Arizona where he died in the year 2000. Myron's memoirs of his grandmother Harriette were written about 1970 and never published. The original work was entitled, "That Tough Little Lady, My Grandmother." The current work, "He Called Her Hat," has been edited, adapted and designed by Dorothy May Mercer, author of several published works.
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"Hat" (as she was endearingly called family friends and some neighbors) was born in 1878 in Quebec. Later at the young and tender age of eight, she was taken to a convent in Detroit (by her father) where she was to be raised. In the book, she is described as a woman of small stature but that is where the "small" ends. Her biography details how Hat was a person that was bigger than life. No stranger to hard work from her trials and tribulations in the convent, she grew into a tough, strong and liberated woman, whose liberated attitude was well ahead of its time in those days.
Her passionate demeanor and determination are attributes from her French ethnicity. Hat lived an interesting life, where she reigned unlimited by her petite size, and fortified by her strong personality and her physical strength. She was so strong for her size in fact that she was able to complete the daily task of milking six cows day and night by hand, and was able to effortlessly lift her own weight.
This is a great read as it takes the reader to an era in time when life was uncomplicated and people had to work hard to maintain their lives and survive. Not only will the reader learn a great deal about life at that time, they will be thoroughly entertained by the amusing tales of incidences and encounters lovingly depicted by her grandson. It is a truly engrossing and entertaining read, which will educate, make you laugh, think and cry.
This book is a lovely tribute to a woman who seemed to spin gold from otherwise trying times. It's a light, fun and informative read that both young and old readers will surely enjoy.