FROM READERS: Columbia author writes about his WWII-era memoir

Thursday, June 14, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

The groundswell began slowly for this memoir, my first book, initially released in March 2011. And then readers began picking it up, with many commenting after reading that it reminded them of their growing-up period, bringing back fond memories of what it was like to have lived in small town America during this time — or that they had discovered a "new" world emerging from its pages and were excited at the thought.