A Penny’s Worth of Minced Ham

A Penny’s Worth of Minced Ham by Robert J. Hastings (no relation) is the second slim collection of the author’s musings and remembrances of growing up during the Great Depression. It’s a world and time that modern America has greatly removed itself from, so the descriptions of what it was like to go shopping or buy a “luxury item” like a five cent chunk of ice can seem quaint, but it’s those hardships that built parts of this country. Reading it served as a reminder of just how good we have it in our sphere of affluence.

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