I really enjoyed reading this book. The author didn't write this book to become a famous writer or to make it on Oprah's book list. He wrote this to hold on to all the memories that he holds so dear. Some readers may comment that they think it is dull or grammatically challenged, but it's a book, written by a normal guy in his forties, trying to find a way to remember his youth and to share his stories with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This was only for pleasure, and I admire his perseverance and his choice of living life to the fullest. I'm a teacher, and although there are a few words I had to leave out, I read this aloud to my students. This was one of the only books I have ever read where my students, mainly the boys, were completely attentive and excited about the story. They loved it because they could relate to his stories. If you enjoy sitting by the campfire and sharing old stories with one another, you will love this book!!!