Cotton Mill Boy William Hale Tells Stories of ‘The Village and Beyond’

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New memoir starts in Great Depression, shows how those experiences molded author’s future

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A lifelong teacher, Hale hopes to imbue on older and younger generations alike the importance of story in setting one’s values and driving one’s actions as well as transferring heritage from one generation to the next.

In his new book, “The Village and Beyond: Memoirs of a Cotton Mill Boy” (published by iUniverse), author William Hale tells the story of how a big mill village family lived in the Great Depression. From the eyes and heart of a vulnerable young boy, Hale relates how his experiences followed him deep into the years and still into his life as an octogenarian.

A different style of memoir, “The Village and Beyond” is not a chronological account, but rather a series of stories which cluster around family, village, work, church and mystery. Hale’s stories describe his search for the moments that encouraged him to become a man of curiosity.

“I tend to romanticize the Depression where others have told the story with pathos and a derogatory feeling about the people,” Hale says. “Life during the Depression is seen through the mind of a boy who was innocent of the woes of the times but enjoyed the difference in how family was done.”

A lifelong teacher, Hale hopes to imbue on older and younger generations alike the importance of story in setting one’s values and driving one’s actions as well as transferring heritage from one generation to the next.

“The Village and Beyond”
By William Hale
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 254 pages | ISBN 9781491726471
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 254 pages | ISBN 9781491726440
E-Book | 254 pages | ISBN 9781491726457
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
William Hale, now almost 88 years old, has been a drum major of an army band, teacher, school administrator, professor, television executive, writer, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He holds degrees from Furman University, the University of South Carolina and Florida State University, and has also been a nationally sought-after speaker and seminar leader in the field of human awareness. He currently lives in Athens, Georgia, with his wife, Helen.

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