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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Texas City Tales: My Youthful Adventures in the 40's and 50's in Texas City, Texas by William L. Slager is the memoir of a boy raised back in the days when life was simpler and technology did not rule people's lives. Mr. Slager was born in Ohio but his family moved to Texas City in the early 40's, where his father worked for a petrochemical company essential to the war effort. One of his earliest memories is the devastating hurricane in 1943, just the first of several hurricanes that the family experiences. And the book goes on to recount a happy childhood that was mostly spent outdoors with other children his age, until his teenage years when he falls in love with a girl that will always have a special place in his heart.
William Slager's Texas City Tales is a funny and informative account of growing up in the so-called good old days. Many of us may not have experienced running barefoot with our siblings in the back yard, playing with mud balls with a friend, or simply spending the afternoon playing "kick the can" with the other kids in our neighborhood. In telling his boyhood story, William Slager reminds his readers that back in those days, children did not stay confined inside their houses, endlessly playing games on their computers, most of the time all by their lonesome. They were allowed to explore the outside world and as a result, they enjoyed social contact with their neighbors, other children, and even with the animals around them. As such, they learned early in life how to deal with others and how to take care of themselves. Insightful and delightful, Texas City Tales tries to enlighten today's parents to the tricky business of raising children in the midst of all the technological gadgets available to them today, so that they will become successful someday. This is an entertaining read.