Charming memoir from Missourian covers Midwest life the 1950s through today

Charming Memoir from Missouri Author Illustrates Life in the Midwest from the 1950s Through Today

In "From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More," Becky Lewellen Povich takes us from her young Illinois childhood in the 1950s to present day life in Missouri. Each chapter is a scene from everyday life and/or unexpected events written in the way only Povich can, with humor and poignancy woven into them. She relates tales of Christmases, summertime fun, selling homemade potholders and putting on parades with neighborhood friends. Also her fear of the dentist and her parents’ scheme to help, plus long car rides visiting grandparents in small town Iowa.

She willingly shares the bittersweet times, too, which include her parents' divorce, major disappointments, preteen and teenage angst, a whack on her head from a falling crowbar, and her ill-fated first marriage, spent mostly in Germany. She also comically writes about her happy second marriage, cell phones, dishwashers, and how she was born with a klutz gene.

After reading the chapter “Doris Day, AE Hotchner, and Me,” St. Louis born, bestselling author, Mr. Hotchner declared it was “charming.”

"Becky Povich has a light and whimsical way with words, and a knack for making the everyday seem a bit more special." - Philip Gulley, bestselling author of Porch Talk Series, Harmony Series, Hometown Tales, I Love You Miss Huddleston, and more.

“This beautifully written memoir is funny, poignant, and life-affirming. Becky Povich is an American treasure.” – Michael Lee West, bestselling author of Crazy Ladies, Mad Girls in Love, Gone With a Handsomer Man, and more.

Becky Lewellen Povich has numerous publications, including stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, other anthologies, newspapers and magazines. Becky is currently working on her sequel due out in 2015, which contains more memories and anecdotes. For more info, please see her website: or her blog: e-mail:

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