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By William Kloefkorn

Whether writing a few boyhood within the nice melancholy, the bond among a tender guy and his relatives, digging hurricane cellars and ducking tornadoes, or the losing of the atomic bomb as skilled by way of a paperboy in small-town Kansas, Kloefkorn brings a congenial mix of seriousness and humor to his matters. right here and there the standard lends itself to the not-so-common query: what's the atypical courting among strength, terror, and wonder? Why are people torn among staying placed and moving—in highbrow and non secular in addition to actual phrases? and what kind of of who we're consists of who we have been? Rife with perception, At domestic in this portable Earth is as splendidly readable because the first volumes of Kloefkorn’s memoirs, a considerate journey of a curious character’s existence thus far and a version of retrospective introspection.

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It had taken us several weeks to turn this corner because we did not work regularly; my father was devoted to the cafe from early morning until late at night, and I spent most of my time in school or studying comic books or fussing, or playing, with my brother, whose favorite game of late was King of the Mountain, mountain being the mound of dirt just east of the out35 house. And maybe that rising mound was another reason for my optimism, for my believing that yes, sure enough, this family might live long enough to see this project completed.

Surely that had been a reason, however major or minor. Another might have been that the cafe was providing the family a decent income, probably because my parents and their hired cook, Edna Hatfield, kept the place open from sunup until ten or eleven at night. But a third factor must have been significant if not dominant: She wanted her children to have a solid education, and she wanted to express this desire with something impressively thick and tangible, something for which her children might praise her when they became welleducated and highly successful.

So I showed them to my father, who called them zerks and told me how they worked; he went so far as to affix one of them to the end of a grease gun, whereupon he pumped grease through the zerk, a fitting that attached to a vehicle would have delivered grease to whatever needed greasing. On another occasion I discovered a square board with some small holes in it, a board that looked new, like a game that had not been played very often.

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