Up River by Wayne Coggins
These many stories paint a vivid depiction of what life was like in the late 1940s, 50s, and early 60s as author Coggins remembers growing up in the small town of Lyman, Washington, which, while reading the stories of his youth, you’ll surely agree was much like growing up in any USA small town of that era. A nostalgic, poignant, fun and fully authentic memoir.
2021 paperback 144 pages ISBN: 978-1-937849-87-0
Reading Wayne Coggins’ essays is a step back to an earlier time, where kids went out, had fun, found (and lost) love, made mistakes, worked hard, reflected on life’s lessons, survived, and possibly thrived without the benefit of seat belts. Each chapter is complete in itself; I found myself listening to a friend, chatting from a rocking chair out front of Koop’s Lyman Market, and reliving my own past. His stories do what the best stories do; they not only let the reader in on the life of the author, but help release the reader’s own inner stories. What joy!