December 1933 – Adam’s First Christmas

December 1933 – Adam’s First Christmas

December 1933 – Adam’s First Christmas Listen to the short audio clip: Adam’s childhood Christmas Tree Adam could smell onions on his mom’s hands as she leaned down and fastened the top button of his coat under his chin. The dirt floor and...
Excerpt: Transport Three

Excerpt: Transport Three

EXCERPT: TRANSPORT THREE – The boxcar smelled of manure and fear. Forty people and just one small window on each side, eye level for Adam if he stood on his tiptoes. Most others wouldn’t be able to see out at all. He could see Uncle Florian through the...
Audio Clip: Listen as Adam tells a story from 1953

Audio Clip: Listen as Adam tells a story from 1953

During the four years that I spent gathering, sorting, and arranging the content for The Upside of Hunger, I recorded well over 400 conversations with Adam. It never felt like work. Any time Adam shared a story, it was impactful. Some stories were shocking, some were...
Outtakes: The Wagon Incident

Outtakes: The Wagon Incident

This story didn’t make the final edit, but it’s one that stuck in my mind from the first time I heard Adam tell it. Maybe it kind of set the tone for the story in my subconscious. I think you’ll enjoy it whether you’ve read The Upside of...
Prologue

Prologue

If you’re interested, here is a copy of the original prologue. It’s long for a prologue and ultimately, it had to be cut. But I didn’t know that when I first wrote it, and researching and writing it were critical for me in order to understand...