The Hardscrabble Years, 1925-1942
by William L. McGee with Sandra V. McGee
“I read the manuscript in a single sitting because I couldn’t put it down. Bill McGee’s firsthand account brought to such vivid life a world I had heard of, but had never experienced. Thank you for writing this book.”
—J. H., a city boy and early reader
In his Newly-released Memoir, Montana-born Author Recalls
the Hardscrabble Years Growing Up on the Hi-Line in the Great Depression
ABOUT MONTANA MEMOIR
Author Bill McGee recaptures life growing up in the small cattle town of Malta, Montana, during the Great Depression.
He sets the stage with a historical Prologue that takes the reader “Westward Ho!” as his pioneering forefathers, curious to see what was on the other side of the mountains, migrated west generation by generation … until a pretty school teacher from Iowa (his mother) meets a wild and wooly cowboy (his father) on her brother’s cattle ranch in Park County, Montana, in 1919.
In McGee’s signature spare and straightforward style, he then recounts his own coming-of-age story … his father’s desertion in the depths of the Depression leaving behind a wife with four young children all under the age of ten … how his mother and siblings managed to get by with everyone working to contribute to the family “kitty” … the all-important role played by the congregation of the Malta Community Church … being “farmed out” at age seven to a neighboring rancher in the Bennett Lake community to work for room and board (“so there was one less mouth to feed at home”) … exploring the West in his teens by thumb and rail (“always sending part of my paycheck home”) … horseback riding with General George S. Patton … and working in the new Kaiser shipyards while waiting to turn seventeen, so he could join the Marines and “get into the fight.”
138 pages, 61 black/white photographs and illustrations
Published by BMC Publications
Paperback Edition, $19.95, 6″ x 9″, ISBN 978-0-9984635-0-6
Kindle Edition $9.99
Available on Amazon
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
William L. McGee’s writing career has spanned six decades. He has written 22 books (nine of them with his co-author/wife Sandra V. McGee) including four World War II military histories and eight memoirs. Bill and Sandra are members of Western Writers of America. They have garnered critical praise for The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler (2004), singled out as the “best book yet about Nevada’s famous dude-divorce ranch business” by Eric Moody, former curator of manuscripts, Nevada Historical Society, Reno. The authors’ website is WilliamMcGeeBooks.com.
TO THE MEDIA
Please visit the Media Room for images of the book cover and author photos. To schedule an interview or request a review copy, contact Bill or Sandra by telephone at 415-435-1883 (PST), by email at email@example.com, or submit the Contact Form in the Media Room.
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