To say that I liked the book Uphill Both Ways would not be a complete opinion. JT Weaver became a blogger friend of mine such a short time ago, but we have become good friends as though we had known each other all our lives. Part of the reason that we have become friends is his book, Uphill Both Ways.
Written all online, JT got blogger feedback as he wrote his first book that just came out. I fell in love with his writing because in some ways it echoed my own upbringing, and few of us are writing about that, YET! It’s almost like I – we grew up without a culture because white, middle-class was the media-saturated norm in the mid-century before our eyes opened to the rest of the world. The way we lived, as far as we knew, was how the whole world lived, so what made us a distinct culture?
As JT let us peer into the windows of his life, we could see that even white, upper middle-class folks had their mountainous ups and downs, unlike the Cleavers or the Ozzie Nelson’s picture-perfect family squabbles. Divorce imploded JT’s 10 year-year-old way of life, and brought drastic changes in stability, living conditions and status. Three years after the divorce, JT entered a military school for yet additional significant differences. JT recorded painful details that most people wouldn’t tell others, so that his children would know the humanity behind the myriads of photos he would eventually leave behind.
Not surprisingly, the blogging public loved his work. The product of a man who wants to open his heart to his children warms the hearts of those whose fathers never did that for them. For mid-century historians, this is a primary source document, memories of an intelligent, thoughtful, and vulnerable human who lived through difficult experiences during otherwise prosperous times.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
I just finished reading The Sea and the Silence by Peter Cunningham, and rather than doing a complete review here I’ll give you a teaser. I loved the book, by the way.
His instructions were clear. He was to read the contents of these parcels. Then he was to destroy them.
Full review will follow at a later time, but for now, this is all you get! I’m such a tease. 🙂