3 out of 5 stars
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A Life in Another Time, by Dr. Wayne Woods, is a biography the author wrote about his life growing up in the South during the fifties and sixties. Before discussing his own life, he talks about his father and his uncles. They were soldiers during World War II. He also tells of the inspiring story of his father “forcing” his way into college by working three jobs. Though this was before the author was born, it set the stage for the man he would become. Woods certainly led an inspirational life. He worked hard to get what he wanted and worked his way up through a series of jobs before becoming a dean at a college. He also details his antics while he was in college, which were entertaining as well. Based on all the stories he told, I understand why he decided to write a book about his life.
The part of the book I enjoyed the most was how much he loved his family. He had very supportive parents. Once he was married, Woods clearly adored his wife. The best was how he talked about his son, though. Matt was a sweet, polite boy who grew up to be an EMT who helped save lives. There were also pictures included, which helped bring the stories about them to life.
The part of the book I disliked was that it was pretty slow to read and get into. The author included stories that were obviously interesting to him, but the details weren’t particularly interesting to the reader. For example, he talks about cars he owns quite a bit. It wasn’t necessary to talk about the color of the car in detail. It must have been important to Woods since he decided to include it, but it doesn’t move the story along.
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy biographies and history. Woods included a story about the integration of the college Ole Miss that I remember learning about in college. It was cool to me that he was a part of that historical event. People who like fast-paced, exciting books should skip this one.
I would rate A Life in Another Time 3 out of 5 stars. I wouldn’t rate it any lower because it had some interesting stories, and some humor to it. His story about the first time he ordered Mexican food and accidentally just ordered a stack of tortillas made me laugh out loud. However, I wouldn’t rate it any higher because it took a long time to read and was also full of errors. It could use another round of editing.
A Life in Another Time was decently interesting. Dr. Woods mentions several other books he has written within it that I would be interested in giving a shot, too.
A Life In Another Time
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