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WILLIAM L. MCGEE with SANDRA V. MCGEE. Montana Memoir: The Hardscrabble Years, 1925–1942

WILLIAM L. MCGEE with SANDRA V. MCGEE. Montana Memoir: The Hardscrabble Years, 1925–1942. BMC Publications (2016). 138 pp, 60 b/w photographs & illustrations, paperback ($19.95), Kindle eBook ($9.95), www.williammcgeebooks.com.

Author Bill McGee grew up in the small cow town of Malta, Montana during the Great Depression. In his signature spare and straightforward writing style, Bill recounts his coming-of-age story … his father’s desertion in the depths of the Depression leaving behind a wife with four young children all under the age of ten to fend for themselves … his mother’s and siblings struggle to get by with everyone working to contribute to the family “kitty” …  and being “farmed out” at age seven to a neighboring cattle rancher to work for room and board “so there was one less mouth to feed at home.”