Growing up on the streets of Chicago
during the 1930s Depression years, the 1940sWorld War II era,
becoming-of-age adult years.
Herb had crooked teeth that faced every which way except the right way. As a child his hair was bleached white--the object of humiliating razzing in the school yards. He was a short flighty little runt, who had a weak self image, plus a disabilitating fear of blushing. He suffered through his parent’s loud disillusioning arguments as a child. He was made to work at an endless number of jobs during his childhood schooling years. He participated more and more in an array of mischievous shenanigans.
Then, as this sullen child was about to become a full juvenile delinquent, or, as his brother says, like a Hollywood dead end kid, and despite all odds, he makes a turnaround in his early adult years in the service traveling half way around the world. Then, when back on American soil, this German seed sown in Chicago, grew sturdy limbs into manhood.
The book is full of entertaining, humorous and poignant episodes in Herb’s life, confessions of why his sour image developed, how he was brainwashed by his German grandmother, and the messy history of his ancestors. It’s a fast moving narrative with events, will grip the reader’s attention, make them laugh or bring tears to their eyes—plus is a book which they won’t want to put down until the last page.