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The Sixth Day By Joy Smith Lewis
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The Sixth Day tells the story of the lakeside village Kanodea through its early settlement, to the late twentieth century. Chapters are complete short stories in which new characters are introduced... More > and, as the story unfolds, old charcaters reenter. Age old problems are confronted in a variety of settings when Martha Ann deals with her alcoholic husband, and Bertie watches helplessly as his sister throws herself away on a suitor unworthy of her. Jack and Jennie don't know the consequences they'll unleash when they embark upon their affair, nor does Eugene know the lengths he'll go to to protect those he loves. Threads from early stories reach a conclusion in the last chapter as Senny and Kay find a welcome homecoming in Kanodea.< Less
Grammas and Grampas: The Story Continues By Joy Smith Lewis
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Grammas and Grampas: The Story Continues is the culmination of the five-volume Caramel Corn. The first four books trace the ancestors of Alyn Lewis: two volumes for Wayne's side of the family, and... More > two for Joy's side. This book is presented in three sections. The first is a collection of trivia and memorabilia about parents, grandparents, and siblings. The second section -- "Community Connections" -- includes notes and other tidbits about some of the ancestors. The last section, "Historic Namedropping", is all about the ancestors and their particular accomplishments.< Less
Thursday's Child By Joy Smith Lewis
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Growing up in the early years of the twentieth century, Lilly May sorely missed the nurturing of a loving mother: she was only four when her mom died. From a lonely childhood spent in... More > Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Valley, she was transplanted in early womanhood to the shore of Lake Ontario. Head-strong and often contrary, Lil experienced a tumultuous marriage; she and Earl raised eight children to adulthood. Both her inborn sense of humor and cultivated sense of entitlement served her well through the years. From the high jinks of a dining room water fight waged with a garden hose, to the heartache of unbearable loss, her life was a mix of light and shade, the hilarious intermingled with deep sorrow. Thursday's Child tells the true story of the author's paternal grandmother.< Less
A Family Storybook: Ancestors of Evelyn Bancroft By Joy Smith Lewis
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A Family Storybook: Ancestors of Evelyn Bancroft is a collection of stories about all four of Evelyn's grandparents -- Claud Bancroft, Nell Ward, William Judson Farrell, and Mary Englerth. The... More > family line of each grandparent is followed backward to the time of an ancestor's arrival in America. Some branches reach as far back as the Mayflower. Others, the Farrell and Englerth lines, chronicle more recent arrivals. Tales of the Colonial Period, the Revolution, and the Civil War are included. Stories are told of family members' struggles during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The book ends with the birth of Evelyn Mary Bancroft, second daughter of George and Mercedes Farrell Bancroft, in April 1933.< Less
Far Above Rubies By Joy Smith Lewis
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“Eedlie” they called her when she was a girl, because her little brother couldn’t get his tongue around “Mercedes.” Far Above Rubies tells the story of two families: of... More > Eedlie’s girlhood in the early years of the twentieth century, and of Mercedes’ womanhood and marriage, through the Depression and the Second World War. From the rolling hills of the Genesee River Valley of upstate New York, to the flat hostile landscape rimming the southern shore of Lake Ontario in Orleans County, Mercedes’ life unfolds. Experience her trials as a youngster growing up with an indulgent Pa and a firm-minded Ma, the middle child of a large family. Read of her triumphs as Mercedes and her husband, with their own houseful of youngsters, weather the hardships they encounter while managing a dairy farm. This is the true story of the author's maternal grandmother.< Less
One Man's Experience By Joy Smith Lewis
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One Man's Experience is a loving tribute from a daughter to her father. Focusing on two years of her dad's life -- 1951 to 1953 -- Joy Lewis tells the story of her father Carl and his service in the... More > 11th Airborne. He was stationed for most of that time at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he trained as a paratrooper. The early 1950's was an historic era, as Carl not only took part in the atomic tests in the Nevada desert, but was also directly involved in Truman's effort to integrate the Armed Forces.< Less
Mom! The Christmas Tree Just Fell Over! And Other Adventures in Motherhood By Joy Smith Lewis
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A delightful tale of family lore, Mom! The Christmas Tree Just Fell Over! is told with humor and insight. Wayne and Joy married young and almost immediately started to build their family -- with one... More > "homemade" child and three adopted kids. Over the course of their first twenty-five years of marriage, they faced a number of challenges ranging from minor mishaps to life-threatening illnesses and accidents. Told with wit and a keen turn of phrase, the truths of God's ever-present vigilance shines brightly throughout. This is the story of "a real family with weaknesses and strengths, a family that has enjoyed the mountaintop and endured the valleys." Joy writes: "No matter how dark the night, somehow I've always found something to bring joy, something to laugh at -- usually myself. Through the laughing and in the crying I've learned a few things..."< Less