- File Size: 365 KB
- Print Length: 171 pages
- Publisher: Open Books (September 8, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 8, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005M23J0O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,645,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Secrets of an Old Typewriter: Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town Girl Kindle Edition
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The author attacks the description of the small town and the time line through it with gusto. At times it seems she uses entirely too many words to describe some situations. That may be the case in a larger township, but by using her wordy descriptions, she is remaining true to her roots from a small town. Everything that happens there is an adventure and worth the enthusiasm of extra wordiness to describe it.
This is a fun and wordy romp through one person's eyes of what it was like to grow up and live in a small town. It was very true to form to what I remember the way of life was like. It brought back a lot of memories for me. There were quite a few stories strung together to make up this book. It flowed nicely and was quite enjoyable. The author made good use of the assortment of old typewriters. I was gifted this book for an honest review. I thank the author for sharing it with me.
Columbia City Indiana is the iconic American small town in which author Susie Duncan Sexton was born, grew up, and has lived all her life as wife, mother, teacher and newspaper columnist.
Susi Duncan Sexton has a breezy journalistic style that is literate, witty and easy to read. She seems to be speaking to us rather than writing. You're right there with her, whether she's sitting in a rocking chair with Uncle Jim on Aunt Lellie's front porch smoking a pipe, or at the Columbia Theater munching purple Gummy Bears as she watches a film re-enactment of the fatal crash of fellow Hoosier James Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder. Secrets of an Old Typewriter will make you laugh and it will make you sad, and you'll smile at human foibles, including your own, as you dive into this nostalgic volume of a smart and sassy small town girl's memoirs.
"[My] fourth grade teacher Miss Demaris Smalley, all of four feet in height, attempting to pummel and simultaneously shove to the pea-gravelly ground a five footer classroom bully after blowing her "RECESS IS NOW SUDDENLY OVER" whistle..."
The history books skip over the interludes between wars, hurrying on to paint lavish portraits of the Alexanders, the Churchills and the Hitlers. But what about us? Ordinary citizens, mothers, fathers, children, teachers, friends? Why doesn't somebody write our history? Well, here it is, or at least a snippet of it. Susi Duncan Sexton gets up close and personal with her Columbia City Age of Innocence contemporaries, and her reportage is focused, detailed, often humorous, and refreshingly free of political or religious bias.
I'm going to confess that I didn't read Secrets from cover to cover, just like that. I picked an episode at random, then another, then another and another. I think the book is meant to be read that way, informally, as if you were gabbing with the author over the back fence. Secrets of an Old Typewriter is a scintillating pastiche of memories, anecdotes and portraits that the author has quilted together in a very agreeable way.
I think future generations of readers will be increasingly grateful for this book as the American Age of Innocence fades from living memory, because what we have here is the actual fabric of life as recorded by an active participant, more observant than most, wonderful with words and possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of popular culture. Secrets of an Old Typewriter is a treasure whose value can only appreciate as years go by.
Review by Donald O'Donovan
This was an eBook copy submitted in exchange for an honest review.