Pequot Lakes author Craig Nagel has published his fourth book, a memoir titled "Looking Back: A 1950s Boyhood."
The book is focused in particular on 1953, as seen through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy and his friends living in the small town of Long Lake, some 50 miles north of Chicago.
According to the back cover blurb, "In 1953 Ike had just been elected president, the Russians announced they'd built their first hydrogen bomb, and the war in Korea came to a tentative stop. Albert Schweitzer was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Jonas Salk gave himself and his family doses of the polio vaccine. The Beatles were still 10 years away. While waiting for them, we happily made do with Perry Como and Patti Page."
According to Nagel, "The aim of this book is not to glorify days gone by, or to suggest that the past was superior to the present. I've tried, instead, to present as accurately as possible what life was like in my own boyhood, with the hope that these recollections might stir parallel memories and provoke the reader to reflect on some of the ways the world has changed, for better or for worse, over the intervening decades."
A publication party for the book is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Pequot Lakes Community Library, during which Nagel will read short samples from the book, discuss the writing process, respond to questions from the audience and sign books for anyone who wants to buy one.
Nagel said $2 from the sale of each book will be donated to the library.
Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.