Book Review

A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland
Tom Brokaw

This was a very enjoyable read. It felt like you were sitting with your grandfather and he was telling you stories about his parents and his life growing up. When the book ended, I wanted to know where the rest of the story was, and the good news is that there are more stories to come that show the many amazing tales of his life. Needless to say, I have already found and downloaded them from BARD.

The book covers the young life of his parents and how the depression shaped them. The things that we think of as hardships today do not compare to the every day life of the past. Brokaw’s father’s experiences show how he would later train up a young Tom and teach him what was important in life. His mother’s up bringing was shaped in an entirely different way than his father’s and we can see the balance it had on Brokaw’s view of the world.

I seldom re-read books simply because there are so many books that I still want to read, but this is definitely one that I will probably curl up with again.


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