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  • By James Murphy
    Apr 15, 2009
    "Experience another time and place" I grew up in Southern California, land of the freeway and flashy cars, though as soon as I was old enough to decide where I wanted to live, I fled to a small town in the high Sierras. No traffic signals, 4-digit phone numbers, everyone in town knew everyone else. Reading Tom's book both reminded me of perhaps the best time in my own life, and allowed me to share in his. I could smell the waffles and fried chicken cookin', hear the utensils ticking and ringing against plates and pots, see the quaint and comforting country setting. I've met Tom, and this book explains much of why why he's still a hillbilly at heart. His voice rings clear and true throughout the book, and I could just hear Aunt Fussy's fussing as well. "Welcome to the Golden Waffle Inn" reveals a charming a barefoot 10-year-old galloping around the yard on an imaginary steed ... amazes us with the courage of Grandma's confronting highway bandits ... shares the... More > inside story of a richly American family ... and transports us to another place and time. It's a journey every reader will enjoy. I recommend it heartily.< Less
  • By nkerver
    Nov 14, 2008
    "The Golden Waffle Inn: a memoir by Tommy Layden" Tom, my brother, was the privileged one. Of the seven of us kids, he got to be treated as an only son for several summers. From these several weeks with grandma in the summers he gleaned simple treasures that are priceless when shared with the rest of us and with our children. I loved my grandmother very much but didn't know why. After reading and recalling our childhood through Tom's stories I know now why I loved her. Yes I got my summer with her too, but I could never have remembered all those details for all these years. and this is what this little book is full of - details. Details of very simple everyday things put into words that show how very special and life forming they were to this 9 - 12 year old boy. Tom touches on just about every aspect of pre-adolescent development , emotional, physical, spiritual, sexual, and intellectual. Now that we are nearing the age grandmother was when she died, we can look back and... More > see through these stories what was really important and meaningful in shaping us; but younger folks can read and see how very different it was for a pre TV age kid. It might help them to understand their grandparents better and possibly help them coax some stories from their grandparents as well. And Oh, If any Junior High classes are working on memoirs, this would be a great example. Thank You ,Tom.< Less
  • By Thomas A Layden
    Feb 27, 2008
    "From Uncle Frank's daughter, Elinor" Yes, the Golden Waffle Inn was the place where we had so many wonderful family gatherings. Aunt Anna was lonesome for family and always wanted somebody to stay with her even though she was so busy with the restaurant. -- On her days off, she cleaned the restaurant in the morning and then came to our house to visit and stay for supper. She lived in Golden before she started the restaurant, painting china dishes, but wasn't making a living at it, so my father talked her into starting the restaurant. He was always over there after that building and fixing. -- One thing you left out was about the GREAT BIG OLD WHITE TURKEY Aunt Anna had. It was a good watchdog as it would go after you and scare you and make enough notice that a person would check to see who was coming in. It was only in the back yard so customers wouldn't get frightened. We used to tease the turkey just to have it run after us. But Aunt Anna didn't like that because it would... More > make the turkey mad and she was afraid it might take after someone besides us kids.< Less
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ta layden
March 8, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.88 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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