The Boyhood Memoirs of A. E. Hotchner

The Boyhood Memoirs of A. E. Hotchner

King of the Hill and Looking for Miracles

By: A. E. Hotchner

Publication date: June 2012
SKU: 9781883982720
ISBN: 9781883982720
Subject: Non-Fiction

These two memoirs relate A. E. Hotchner's coming of age in the Midwest during the Great Depression.

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King of the Hill is A. E. Hotchner’s memoir of his impoverished childhood in St. Louis, a moving story of ingenuity and spirit in the face of hardship during the Great Depression. Left to live alone in a run-down hotel while his salesman father is on the road, his mother hospitalized, and his younger brother sent to live with relatives, 12-year-old Aaron is determined to survive while faking a life of normalcy. The sequel, Looking for Miracles, jumps ahead to 1936, when Aaron is looking for a way to earn tuition for college. Despite a complete lack of camping experience, he bluffs his way into a job as a counselor at a summer camp in the Ozarks and brings his brother along for the ride. 


Published together for the first time, these two memoirs of Hotchner’s boyhood will touch readers with their truth, innocence, and joy. Hotchner’s ability to convey times of intense hardship in warm and witty language attests to his stature as one of America’s great storytellers.

Pages: 432
Language: English
Publisher: Missouri History Museum
Edition: 1st
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A. E. Hotchner

A. E. Hotchner is the author of many books and plays, including Papa Hemingway, Sophia, Living and Loving, andThe Day I Fired Alan Ladd. With friend Paul Newman, Hotchner cofounded Newman’s Own, Inc., which has donated more than $200 million to charity from its line of foods.

The Washington Post

"This is good old-fashioned memoir writing at its best: poignant, endearing, funny and evocative of a bygone era that's worth recalling in detail."
—The Washington Post

The Chicago Tribune

"Long before Frank McCourt, Rick Bragg, Jeannette Walls, or Natalie Kusz were turning their own true stories of childhood poverty into triumphant works of art, Hotchner had already established the childhood memoir's gold standard."
—The Chicago Tribune