Dinnertimes: Stories of American Life 1912 to 2012 Deborah L. Halliday

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Dinnertimes: Stories of American Life 1912 to 2012  by  Deborah L. Halliday

Dinnertimes: Stories of American Life 1912 to 2012 by Deborah L. Halliday
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What does dinnertime mean to you? This simple question can open the door to a rich accounting of life memories. This collection of forty four first person narratives from people ages 22 to 100 is a collection of short memoirs on life and family toldMoreWhat does dinnertime mean to you? This simple question can open the door to a rich accounting of life memories.

This collection of forty four first person narratives from people ages 22 to 100 is a collection of short memoirs on life and family told against the backdrop of dinnertime. It takes us on a journey from the 1910s through 2012 via the private worlds of the people who have shared their stories with us. It is an American book about American lives.One narrator (Frank) tells of his journey from his boyhood farm in Italy to a POW camp in Texas. Another (P.) tells of life with her well-to-do family in their large home in Harlem.

We hear from a man (Tom) who lived communally in the late sixties and early seventies and from another (Bartley) who grew up in a strictly religious household only to later come out as gay. One woman (Rupa) describes her journey from India to America- another (Helen) tells of the “non-dinnertimes” of her childhood.

A professional dietitian (Kelly) shares her struggles to get her two autistic sons to eat healthy food and a restaurant owner (Dean) tells us what inspired him. A soldier (Scott) talks about practicing his Native American spirituality in a war zone and an eighty-two year old woman (Bonnie) remembers the upper-class Victorian dinners of her grandmother’s home. In this collection we hear about ice boxes and coal stoves, the Depression and World War II, TV dinners and microwave ovens.

Most of all, we hear about family as narrators talk about the dinnertimes they had as children and the dinnertimes they create in their lives today.Each of us has a story, a story that is shaped by culture, by era, by circumstance and by ourselves, and those stories continue to unfold as we learn, grow, and live our lives.

The narratives that make up the Dinnertimes collection are personal, specific, individual, and intimate, yet universal. Each one, while edited for content and flow, is told in the actual words of the narrator. My wish is that you, the reader, find something in each story that speaks to you, whether it is a connection to your own experience or an insight into someone else’s.



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