Robert Ross Williams
The best way to immortalize memories is to plant pine trees. And if you want, you can write about the many meaningful moments from your childhood too. Robert Ross Williams, author of Woodlawn Giants wrapped all his childhood memories together and turned them into one precious book for people of all ages to enjoy.
Set in the early 60s to 70s, each page is a rich reminiscence of what it was like for the author growing up in West Memphis, Arkansas. The first pages of the book talk about how the pine trees were planted in 1968, and how it symbolizes them as Woodlawn Boys as they grew up to become men. It then progresses to various recollections of his adventures as a child, consistently highlighting his dear family and friends. Filled with heartwarming realizations about friendship, growing up, life, and how parents are just like children who make mistakes too, the book offers a fresh and vulnerable perspective taken from the eyes of a child and an adult combined. The author has also done a great job narrating his memories so as to make the reader feel like they are part of his life too.
One great trait that makes this book worthwhile is its innocence and excitement about the little things like having a new bike, building ramps, and playing with friends—all of which take anyone who indulges in the book down the memory lane. Books can take you to various places, and Woodlawn Giants has its own magic in taking you back to your younger self.
Simple, calming, and nostalgic, author Robert Ross Williams has done a great job of reliving and narrating tales from long ago. His masterpiece, Woodlawn Giants is proof that there is no greater treasure than the memories we have growing up and the family who helped shape us into who we are today. If you’re looking for something to make you feel calm and relaxed, this is the perfect book to pick up and read.
– The Moving Words Review
Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 2, 2023