This is a humorous memoir that, at times shows the dark side of growing up in the 1950s in Dubuque, Iowa. His parents were alcoholics and his mother mentally ill. The author was a victim of physical and emotional child abuse. Fortunately for him he had five pals who helped him survive a decaying home life and decaying neighborhood. Learn how he used pranks and laughter to survive. It's a collection of short stories that follows the author from kindergarten to high school graduation. Be there for his first kiss, egg throwing, the great paint fight, the day he met his idol, Jesse Owens. Jump into the Mississippi River from the train bridge.
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