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Virtual Book Talk • Aileen Kilgore Henderson

Join us as we welcome Aileen Kilgore Henderson to a virtual book talk with Ernest & Hadley Books! She will discuss her new book: The World through the Dime Store Door, a coming-of-age memoir evoking farm, mining, and small-town life in Alabama’s Tuscaloosa County as the world transitions from the Great Depression to World War II. The virtual event starts at 5:00 PM CST. To participate, please RSVP through our Eventbrite by Monday, September 21. We will then send you the Zoom link and passcode to participate.

In the 1930s, the rural South was in the throes of the Great Depression. Farm life was monotonous and hard, but a timid yet curious teenager thought it worth recording. Aileen Kilgore Henderson kept a chronicle of her family’s daily struggles in Tuscaloosa County alongside events in the wider world she gleaned from shortwave radio and the occasional newspaper. She wrote about Howard Hughes’s round-the-world flight, her dreams of sitting on the patio of Shepheard’s Hotel to watch Lawrence of Arabia ride in from the desert, and her horror at the rise to power in Germany of a bizarre politician named Adolf Hitler. Henderson longed to join the vast world beyond the farm, but feared leaving the refuge of her family and beloved animals. Yet, with her father’s encouragement, she did leave, becoming a clerk in the Kress dime store in downtown Tuscaloosa. Despite long workdays and a lengthy bus commute, she continued to record her observations and experiences in her diary, for every day at the dime store was interesting and exciting for an observant young woman who found herself considering new ideas and different points of view. Drawing on her diary entries from the 1930s and early 1940s, Henderson recollects a time of sweeping change for Tuscaloosa and the South. The World through the Dime Store Door is a personal and engaging account of a Southern town and its environs in transition told through the eyes of a poor young woman with only a high school education but gifted with a lively mind and an openness to life.

Aileen Kilgore Henderson has published eight books including Tenderfoot Teacher: Letters from the Big Bend, 1952–1954. At 99 years old, she continues to write at her home in the deep woods of Tuscaloosa County.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Address: 
1928 7th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1829
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780817320775
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University Alabama Press - September 29th, 2020

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