American Perversity: Sex, Politics and Religion
When young Jean Cameron Kirkland's tenth birthday arrived in 1934, the Great Depression was still in effect. Money was scarce, yet life on the Kirklands' small farm in piedmont North Carolina seemed to Cammie entirely satisfactory. The Kirkland gardens and livestock kept them supplied with plenty of food; Farmington School, the Grange, and Wesley Chapel Church provided continual community activities and entertainment for the entire Pino Community; and the Kirkland and Cameron kin aunts, and uncles, cousins and grandparents were very near and dear.
This account of the year in which Cammie reached her "First Decade" describes her family's everyday farm life, the toys that Cammie and her cousin Ben made out of odds and ends, the games they played, and the songs they sang. It includes stories about an almost-sabotaged school operetta, a birthday hot-dog roast, an attempt at marketing "bug shells," the revenge of an insulted pig, a big family reunion, and a Christmas hayride.