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National Education Book Exhibit features author Margie House Neal’s new fiction, based on real life stories spanning from life in the ‘50s to a class reunion 50 years later

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From author Margie House Neal, Hummingbird Memories is a story of love and friendship, trials and triumphs set against the backdrop of a rapidly-changing America in the 1950s and ‘60s when there was revolutionary change in education, values, lifestyles, laws and entertainment. Neal’s newly published book portrays life in those days, with many details depicting the culture and fad of that era.

Neal’s story begins with a “50 Years Class Reunion” that Elaine, the main character attends. Then the story flashes back to her four years in high school. Life before the electronic age went at a much slower pace, and people who grew up in the ‘50s and ‘60s were part of the last innocent generation.

Heavily based on real life experiences, the book describes Elaine’s relationship with her family, her life on a poultry ranch, and the closeness of a small community. It also describes many high school activities, classes, boy-girl relationships, problems and heartaches, and the euphoria and sadness that are a part of life at that age.

Nostalgic, fascinating and endearing, Hummingbird Memories will give today’s teenagers a different perspective on life at that time, while giving Neal’s own generation a chance to walk down memory lane. Everyone can now laugh, learn and relive the drama of a time when Rock ’n Roll was king and television was in black and white.

This book will be featured at the National Education Association Book Exhibit in Washington, D.C. on June 30-July 2, 2012.

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About the Author
Margie House Neal grew up on a chicken ranch in the small town described in the story. She began writing the book when she was a high school student. Classmates to this day remember her carrying around extra notebooks with her story. But when she went off to college the book was all but forgotten. Then she got married and the next 20 years were busy with jobs and with raising three children. Recently, she attended her 50th High School Reunion, and some of her friends asked if she had ever finished the book. Since she was retired by then, she gave some thought to rewriting. She located the old manuscript in a box in the garage and together with her diaries from that time, her mother’s diary which described life on the farm, old high school newspapers, and a few articles from their town newspaper, she began rewriting her book.

Hummingbird Memories * by Margie House Neal
Publication Date: June 14, 2012
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 478 pages; 978-1-4691-9572-8
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 478 pages; 978-1-4691-9573-5
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4691-9574-2

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