Author James Dikin’s new book “The Cobbler’s Left Thumb” is a nostalgic memoir recalling his father’s early life as the son of immigrants in the early twentieth century

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Recent release “The Cobbler’s Left Thumb” from Page Publishing author James Dikin is an evocative chronicle of the Dikin family, from his grandfather’s arrival in the United States from Romania in 1904, his marriage to Irma, a Hungarian immigrant, in 1909, and the establishment of a hardworking and ever-growing family that ultimately settled in Fort Wayne, Indiana and, later, the Detroit Metro area. This is a quintessentially American story, written with warmth, humor, and gratitude.

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James Dikin, the son of Aurel Dikin Sr., has published his father’s book “The Cobbler’s Left Thumb”: a touching homage to the late patriarch of a large and loving family.

The author writes, “In times past, the shoemaker, or cobbler, was as important as a cooper (barrel maker), blacksmith, lumberman, or cattleman. In fact, maybe he was more important since all the other trades needed his services to perform theirs.

Everyone needed shoes, but where would the lumberman be without proper boots, belts, and suspenders? How about the chaps the range riders used to protect their legs from briars and thistles? Halters, bridles, reigns, buggy whips, and saddles were just some of the products a cobbler would produce. And in time they would all need repair. Gloves and many types of protective gear were made of leather. Hides were abundantly available from buffalo, bison, deer, elk, and smaller animals, such as rabbit, raccoon, fox, coyote, wolf, and other small species.

Many cobblers were artists with the ability to transform raw material into something beautiful and comfortable with the expertise of a tailor or dressmaker.

Doctors would write prescriptions for special attention in balancing a patient’s stand by modifying their shoes. And someone had to be able to change the color of a leather product to comply with a customer’s needs.

This book opens the door on the private lives of two cobblers. My father and grandfather enjoyed the work they did, and as world production of inexpensive and inferior shoes took over the market, they found it too costly to compete.

Aurel Dikin Sr. was the younger, but taller of the two shoemakers. The stories are my parents’ stories, which I promised I would put together and share in my memory and love for them. Both have passed away years ago, and I’m honored to share their memories.”

Published by Page Publishing, James Dikin’s engrossing book is a loving memorial to his father’s long and well-lived life.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “The Cobbler’s Left Thumb” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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