STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (PRWEB) October 29, 2011
Alice Breon passes on the story of her life and the era that once was in Green Gravy, Monster Bread and Other Adventures, an engaging and delicately written autobiography told in short vignettes.
The stories in Green Gravy, Monster Bread and Other Adventures span twenty-five years in Breon’s life and include the romance and marriage to Byron, a career air force officer. The many places they lived provided material for anecdotes about people who touched their lives, including a close friendship with a Japanese dance teacher. Interwoven in the memoir’s pages are descriptions of changing fashion, hairstyles and social customs, the advent of television, and society’s gradual acceptance of the housewife’s choice to work outside the home. The book comes with photographs taken during the years described in vivid detail by the author.
Each vignette reflects Breon’s authenticity and sincerity in passing on her stories to future generations. Chuck Kleinhans writes in the book’s preface:
“These stories not only reveal my Aunt Alice’s unique personality and creativity but also supply a missing story and a sharp contrast to stereotyped and fictional versions of Americans abroad in the 1950s and ’60s. Here, the texture of daily life appears, and cross-cultural exchange and new experience takes on a personal tone. These stories, often comic, sometimes poignant, even heartbreaking, show how people-to-people relations, whatever the cultural and political differences present, can showcase the best of our humanity and love.”
Written within the perimeters of a true narrative, Breon stays true to her goal in penning one story after the other in Green Gravy, Monster Bread and Other Adventures; that is, to give future generations a glimpse of her life back in the days of World War II and the Cold War, and perhaps learn a thing or two from her tales.
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About the Author
Alice Breon writes true stories of hilarious situations and extraordinary people she has encountered. Beginning with the start of World War II, when she was sixteen years old, Alice Breon describes what it was like coming of age during the war years. Scattered among the pages are stories of exceptional kindness she has experienced from strangers in the United States and Japan. Alice is currently writing a sequel, which takes us through the next forty-five years filled with more comical situations. In 1994, Alice, who was then a widow in her seventies, met Woody and a friendship blossomed into romance. Alice and Woody live in State College, Pennsylvania. They recently celebrated their fifteenth wedding anniversary.
Green Gravy, Monster Bread and Other Adventures * by Alice Breon
Publication Date: October 21, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 242 pages; 978-1-4653-7724-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 242 pages; 978-1-4653-7725-8
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