The Pompey Hollow Book Clubby Jerome Mark Antil
Kids living through WWII grew up fast. Seventy million were killed worldwide as they sat by their radios hoping Superman could end the war. They created a club of valor - and it was Barber who stood on the cemetery stone and announced "Ain't a mom would stop us from going to meetings if were called the Pompey Hollow Book Club." They spat it so
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Meet the Author
Jerome Mark Antil is the seventh child of a seventh son-of a seventh son. Born at sunrise it's been told by Mary Holman Antil and Michael C. Antil Sr., that he was the first of eight siblings to stay awake all day and sleep through the night from the moment he was born."I remember the Pearl Harbor attack announced on our Zenith radio before I could walk. I heard Edward R. Murrow reporting the War from London… and the scratchy battle-weary ship-to-shore Morse code messages on radio while my diaper was being changed".Heartfelt fare of family and friendship-light-hearted nostalgia from the 1940s and 1950s are his favorite subjects. He revels at capturing in good detail what it was like being a kid living in a world at War and its long shadows. When the War ended, he grew up in Delphi Falls, which provided the setting for The Pompey Hollow Book Club and The Book of Charlie."My dad was a baker from the 1929 Great Depression through the post-War 1950s. As a young boy, I'd ride with him all throughout central and northern New York visiting grocers and U.S. Army bases; baseball parks and bread lines as he sold his bread, hot dog buns, pies and cakes. My Dad was 'Big Mike' and I loved listening to his timeless stories and tall tales-stopping at fishing holes along the way. All day rides with Big Mike-his Buick my Steamboat-his grand stories and an entire world at War my Mississippi."As an adult Jerry worked as a proof reader and printer's liaison, he later wrote and produced industrial sales and training films. An accomplished writer for public relations and advertising agencies, he would become Chief Marketing Officer for several prominent U.S. companies.Jerry's favorite authors are: (John Steinbeck) "Steinbeck could peer through a peephole of a person's soul." (Ernest Hemingway) "Grandpa Hemingway could establish character in a single sentence." (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) "His Sherlock would keep me as eager for the next clue and accompanying anecdote as for the crime'ssolution." (Mark Twain) "Samuel Langhorne Clements was an irreverent observer of human foibles. His stand up was thought provoking, deceptively caustic-he was the Howard Stern of the 19th century."
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Picture a time when you ran freely through life expanding on your thoughts, livelihood, and intuition; it¿s called ¿Your childhood.¿ Jerome¿s depiction of life in Delphi Falls allows for his readers to be submersed in ever-evolving childhood capers. This book keeps the readers senses in full swing ¿ it¿s a must read for all ages!
This really, for me is the epitome of a book to read on a lazy vacation day. Its narrative is warm and funny without having the syrupy feeling of nostalgia that seems to infect quite a number of books in the same vein. Clearly autobiographical in nature, it provides readers a glimpse into the way the world existed in a bygone era, and allows them the opportunity to realize that maybe, just maybe, the important things such as experience, friendship, and love, don't change all that much. I will admit, the overall pace of the book was a little slow at times, and I did feel a little bit cheated by the ending. It's important not to miss the epilogue, especially in this book! I would have liked to see a little bit more development concerning the end, but I realize that the story has to stop somewhere so that another can begin. This is definitely a great book to add to your library, especially if you want to either re-live the post-WWII time period or to simply imagine it.