New Book Recalls Less Stressful Years in California

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Bobby O’Roark’s “They Call Me Bubbins” harkens back to “the good old days”

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The new memoir “They Call Me Bubbins: Reflections in Time” (published by iUniverse), by Bobby O’Roark, recalls the childhood of a boy growing up in the Central Valley of California during the 1940s and 1950s. It offers a glimpse into the carefree lifestyle of that time, and juxtaposes it with what O’Roark calls “… the ultra-busy lifestyle of today.”

The story is told through the eyes of a boy called Bubbins:

In a few minutes I was able to start breathing again. ‘A miracle,’ I thought to myself, and how wonderful it is to be able to breathe again. My life has been spared; but my tailbone was really hurting and then the worst part was, I had to deal with the humiliation. I limped past my two heartless sisters who were now holding their hands over their mouths to keep from laughing out loud, knowing they were within inches of sure death. All I could do at this point was to cast them my most venomous, ‘Boy am I going to get you both’ look.

How come it always takes such a large slice of ‘humble pie’ to keep one in touch with one’s real self?

“I think young readers will enjoy, perhaps with a bit of envy, the abandon, the freedom and seemingly carefree life of the boy,” O’Roark says. “Older readers will find pleasure in indentifying with their own similar experiences, revisiting a time often called ‘the good old days.’”

About the Author
Bobby O’Roark grew up in a valley among numerous varieties of fruits, vegetables and agricultural industry, bordered on the east by the mighty Sierras and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. O’Roark describes his youth as carefree and filled with interesting adventures.

His great passion now is to be surrounded by his children and grandchildren in front of the fireplace, on a cold winter evening, with big mugs of hot chocolate, sharing those adventures with wide-eyed, inquisitive children.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.


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