Joyce Ward Girl Under Construction

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Girl Under Construction

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In an age when children are more likely to be mesmerized by electronics than roused to catch night crawlers in the cemetery, Girl Under Construction recaptures, through the innocent eyes of a five year old, the hands-on life of the 1930s. This creative nonfiction memoir offers readers the charming view of a portion of a life—namely, the author’s adventure-filled childhood and inspiring relationship with her grandfather, known throughout the story as Grampa. In palpable detail, Joyce Ward recounts the struggles and triumphs of that delicate age, when she was unknowingly building the foundation of the woman she would one day become. Despite a home with a heavy-drinking father and a self-absorbed mother, Ward was always able to find a friend and confidant in Grampa, a hard-working and tough-talking character who did his best to keep her out of harm’s way. Against all odds, Grampa worked his way out of the blackened tunnels of the coalmines and into the blue skies and fresh air of his own fishing business at Lake Erie. This determined mentality made an unmistakable impression on young Ward, who would do just about anything to stay by his side and learn his skills. This artfully told story also puts a name and a voice to many historic Pennsylvania events, from the Kinloch coalmine disaster in Parnassus, to the St, Patrick’s Day flood of the Allegheny, to life on Ferncliffe Beach on the shores of Lake Erie. The authentic first-hand account of life during the Great Depression makes the story a must-read for any history buff. A hilarious and heartfelt story demonstrating the importance of early childhood experiences, Girl Under Construction is an exploration of the crucial bond between a grandparent and grandchild. While reading about Grampa’s fresh baked bread, Calliope the parrot, seafaring stories, and experiencing a whole rainbow of other emotions and events, readers may find themselves reaching for their own early memories, regardless of age or generation.

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A mother of three and grandmother of nine, Joyce Ward delights in family and is captivated by the way character is passed down from one generation to the next. She hopes her story will delight parents and grandparents and inspire them to pass on their stories and create hands-on adventures for their children and grandchildren. When her grandson asked "What's a nightcrawler? she knew she was on the right track. In Girl Under Construction, she shares her vivid memories of a different time—when curious children got their hands dirty and skinned their knees on their way to self-reliance. A native of Pennsylvania, the lure of the West drew Joyce to California where she lives, writes, enjoys sand in her toes, and paints with her artist husband.

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Nostalgic reflections on a Depression-era childhood in western Pennsylvania.

Ward spent her first years in New Kensington, Penn., living across the street from her paternal grandparents, whom she visited often for jam-filled cookies, long walks and tales of the past. Times were tough in the 1930s, and even as a preschooler, the author felt this tension. At home, her mother would disapprove of almost every suggestion she made, and her father would slam his fist on the table to quiet idle dinner-table chatter. “Nobody could stay in my house and live,” Ward writes. With her grandparents, however, she learned to celebrate life’s ups and downs, and its full palette of sights, sounds and smells. In this debut memoir, Ward excels at creating atmosphere with sensory detail; her own home, for example, smelled of Nair hair-remover, “terrible stinky stuff...that gasped the oxygen out of the air,” but her Grampa’s garage smelled of earth and leather: “One whiff set my brain tingling with visions of adventure.” Her grandfather was a fighter, undaunted by bank foreclosures, a tornado that swept up his vaudeville road show, or his narrow escape from a mine explosion. He also taught Ward that she could accomplish anything. At one point, she writes skillfully about a time, in 1936, that the Allegheny River burst its banks and flooded the entire Pittsburgh area, relating historical facts yet maintaining a childlike perspective: “ ‘Will the river get us?’ I screamed. ‘Is it coming?’ ” Indeed, the river got the whole town, but young Ward soon forgot the devastation during a “long, happy visit” to her maternal grandmother’s high-and-dry home. After the flood, her grandparents moved to Lake Erie to start a fishing business; Ward visited them often and learned to maneuver boats, gut fish and catch night crawlers. Overall, the book reads more like a series of memories than a cohesive story, but it works well, as each chapter is like a single bite of a warm, jam-filled cookie.

Delightful vignettes of childhood, and a heartfelt tribute to a devoted grandfather

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