The first in a four-volume series, this chronicle is filled with stories of life on the Great Plains, family values, travel and history; and how they intertwined and influenced daily living. In addition to family history, the book explains day-to-day life in that period (~1937 – 1959). For example, Kontny tells of driving a tractor as a six-year-old boy, and of his family’s involvement in the famous North Platte Canteen, which catered to servicemen on the troop trains stopping in North Platte, Nebraska, during World War II.
This book is attracting attention from award programs as well as other publications. An excerpt was featured in the April issue of Country magazine; another in the August/September issue of Farm & Ranch Living magazine. The 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards pronounced it the autobiography winner.