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Fried Apple Pies and Chocolate Whatchamacallits shares a fascinating story about growing up in a family of twelve in the mountains of West Virginia in the 1930s. Author Lou Rogers Lester describes life during difficult times?the early years of coal mining and the harrowing experiences of World War II, during which support for the military and allegiance to the war effort was expected and the rationing of food and goods was commonplace. Lester shares her early schooling experiences, where discipline and patriotism were expected and God and country were esteemed. It was a simpler time, but it was one of patriotism and love?a far cry from the schools of today. 


This memoir will take you on a journey of memories and events through years of working and playing together, getting lost together, getting spanked, escaping snakes, surviving childhood diseases without vaccines, and supporting one another through fun times and tragedy in an era when working, walking, and playing provided ample exercise. Peek inside the intimate and unforgettable experiences of this large family in the thirties. 

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