The Hardscrabble Years, 1925-1942
by William L. McGee with Sandra V. McGee
BMC Publications, 2016
138 pp, 60 B/W photographs & illustrations
Paperback 6″ x 9″, $19.95; Kindle eBook $9.95
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A poignant memoir set in the contemporary West… award-winning author Bill McGee recaptures growing up in the small cattle town of Malta, Montana during the Great Depression.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In McGee’s signature spare and straightforward style, he recounts his 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 to fend for themselves … his mother’s and siblings struggle to make ends meet with everyone working to contribute to the family “kitty” … what it was like being “farmed out” at age seven to a neighboring rancher to work for room and board “so there was one less mouth to feed at home” … and thumbing rides and riding the rails around the West as a restless teenager.
“We didn’t know we were poor, and we always had clothes on our backs, even if they didn’t fit.”
– William L. McGee
“I read MONTANA MEMOIR 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”
Memoirs by William L. McGee:
MONTANA MEMOIR: 1925–1942: The Hardscrabble Years
BLUEJACKET ODYSSEY, 1942-1946: Guadalcanal to Bikini
OPERATION CROSSROADS, LEST WE FORGET! 1946
THE DIVORCE SEEKERS: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler, 1947-1949
HOW I LEARNED TO SELL AND MAKE DEALS, 1950-1958: Memoir of a Merchant Man
THE BROADCASTING YEARS, 1958-1989: Memoir of a Television Pioneer
AUTHOR, PUBLISHER, MARKETING MAN, 1990-2015 (In the chute for 2020)
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. Bill and Sandra are members of Western Writers of America.
What Readers are Saying …
– J. H., a “city boy”
“MONTANA MEMOIR will make everyone want to be a cowboy.”
– Murray Olderman, nationally syndicated columnist and sportswriter
“This poignant memoir — written by my father, a genuine Montana cowboy — is a treasure. As I read the book, I could hear his deep voice reading aloud to me.”
– K. McGee
– J. Nichols
– S. M.