Temple native will give reading of ‘A Soldier’s Son’


FARMINGTON – John Hodgkins, author of “A Soldier’s Son: A Maine Boyhood During World War II,” will present a reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers.

Hodgkins was 8 years old when his father was drafted into the Army and left for Europe with the 8th Armored Division to fight in the Second World War.

After his return, John’s father never spoke much about the war, but John knew he’d kept a diary. After his father’s death, John opened the diary and two boxes of memorabilia.

What began as John’s attempt to tell his father’s story became the story of his own life. “A Soldier’s Son” is the truth as I know it – what I recall, what I saw, what I heard, what I read, what I felt in my heart, and what I learned,” Hodgkins said.

The memoir recounts what life was like on the home front of Temple, Maine, during the war and, through his father’s letters home, what life was like on the frontline. But, it also provides a firsthand look at the hardscrabble lives of many rural Americans and a way of living that has mostly passed on.

Hodgkins was born and grew up in Temple. A longtime civil engineer for the Maine Department of Transportation and an engineering professor at the University of Maine, he received many honors in the field. He is now retired and lives in Yarmouth.

For more details, call DDG Booksellers, at 778-3454, or e-mail [email protected]