9781413451580

Tracks Out Of Spencer

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  • ISBN13:

    9781413451580

  • ISBN10:

    1413451586

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-11-30
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corp

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Summary

Jean Thompson Barrick depicts growing up during the Depression in a Sears and Roebuck house in a small Southern railroad town. It was a time when few married women worked outside the home, long-distance phone calls were made only for emergencies or bad news, and no-sex-before-marriage was the norm. Encouraged by self-educated parents and forward-thinking teachers and mentors, she determined at an early age to make Tracks out of Spencer. "Little Sister" in a family of five during World War II, she was the first in her family to go away to college. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, she worked as a "Government Girl" in Washington, DC, and San Francisco then with NATO in England, where she experienced London's Killer Fog of 1952 and the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth. She then returned to the United States and married a career army officer and moved eighteen times in twenty-three years. As a bride of five weeks she was left behind when her husband headed for the Korean War front. Three months later she found herself in an unusual post-war Japan. Then, in Germany, she learned to appreciate "Those Strange German Ways." Her memoir is filled with honesty, humor, and pathos as she describes her track from Spencer. Moving again and again, she discovered beauty in different people, places, and cultures. Throughout her journey the author carries the wisdom of her loving family and the memory of the town that shaped her. The book is written in three parts. "The People and the Place" portrays the author's family, protected school days, and what it was like to leave town and family and to go off on her own. In the second part, "Seeing My Best Days - New Places," she savorsher independence while working in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA, and then is swept into the excitement of an international community in London. "An Army Wife Remembers" covers the joys of military life as well as the trauma of dealing with her husband's recurrent illness and of being left behind when he goes off to Korea, Iran, and Vietnam. The last chapter takes us back to Spencer and the "Little Brown House" where her life began.

Table of Contents

PART ONE THE PEOPLE AND THE PLACE
Prologue
17(2)
Chapter 1: All Aboard-Where It All Began
19(7)
Chapter 2: A Gentle Woman
26(6)
Chapter 3: Big Little Man
32(6)
Chapter 4: It's the Living that Counts
38(6)
Chapter 5: Hattie
44(4)
Chapter 6: Little Sister
48(6)
Chapter 7: Summers in Paris
54(3)
Chapter 8: The Man at the Top of the Stairs
57(4)
Chapter 9: Extracurricular Lessons
61(10)
PART TWO SEEING MY BEST DAYS NEW PLACES
Chapter 10: Testing My Wings
71(17)
Chapter 11: Taking Off
88(11)
Chapter 12: Angels over Baghdad
99(13)
Chapter 13: Tallyho
112(6)
Chapter 14: First Impressions, Lasting Imprint
118(5)
Chapter 15: Club 33 Plus Three
123(10)
Chapter 16: Tracks in the Snow
133(5)
Chapter 17: London Killer Fog
138(3)
Chapter 18: Final Flings
141(7)
Chapter 19: Endings and Beginnings
148(11)
PART THREE AN ARMY WIFE REMEMBERS
Chapter 20: Interlude
159(10)
Chapter 21: The Search for an Adequate Place
169(7)
Chapter 22: The Hashimoto Hotel
176(6)
Chapter 23: A summer Home in Karuizawa
182(6)
Chapter 24: Precious Gifts
188(7)
Chapter 25: Place of Yellow Metal
195(9)
Chapter 26: Too Good to Last
204(4)
Chapter 27: Single Parenting on Pruneridge
208(7)
Chapter 28: The Vermillionaires
215(13)
Chapter 29: Fort Leavenworth, On the Outside
228(5)
Chapter 30: Texas-The Way She Was
233(12)
Chapter 31: Those Strange German Ways
245(2)
Chapter 32: "Fraufie"
247(2)
Chapter 33: Snoopy
249(2)
Chapter 34: Havoc at the Has-been Hotel
251(5)
Chapter 35: Brass Alley
256(4)
Chapter 36: The German-American Connection
260(5)
Chapter 37: Alone Again
265(5)
Chapter 38: An Aunt Called "So'fee"
270(3)
Chapter 39: The Mysterious Michael
273(4)
Chapter 40: Farewell to a Friend
277(3)
Chapter 41: Return of the Warrior
280(2)
Chapter 42: The End of the Line: California
282(5)
Chapter 43: Back to the Little Brown House in Spencer
287(11)
Epilogue 298

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