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TOMMY MACK: An Appalachian Childhood by Thomas Dixon

TOMMY MACK: An Appalachian Childhood

by Thomas Dixon

344 pages
A nostalgic, yet heartwarming struggle through poverty and abuse (1937-1964).

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Category: Autobiography
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About the Book
When 15-year-old Myrtle Jones married Harold “Sleepy” Dixon in 1937, she had no idea what she was getting into. Back then Sleepy sometimes worked in the mines; that is, when he wasn’t downtown “on-a-drunk” or somewhere making moonshine. Frequently locked up for public drunkenness and barroom fights, Harold eventually received a long prison sentence when he used a shotgun one night instead of his fists.

Absent a father or not, the Dixon family moved frequently throughout Virginia and West Virginia, surviving on welfare and pickings from their gardens. Meanwhile, Tommy found solace in the bonds of family and the wonders of nature, until that dreaded day when his father finally returned home.

The first of three planned memoirs, TOMMY MACK captures the tumultuous and heartwarming years of growing up poor in the coalfields of southwestern Virginia during the 1950s and early 1960s, where the darkness of poverty and alcoholism was alleviated by the enduring joys of childhood and family.

 

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About the Author
Thomas Dixon spent 30 years working in the chemical research field before retiring in 2008. Five weeks later, his mother’s death spurred him to collect notes and memories for a long overdue family history. He finally found something he truly enjoyed—writing about his life.

 

 

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