For a boy coming of age during the 1930s and '40s, Greenville, Alabama, a small cotton-farming town in the Deep South, was a wonderfully rich environment. Greenville may have been small, but for author Clifton K. Meador, MD, life growing up there was anything but dull. In his memoir Sketches of a Small Town: Circa 1940, Meador lovingly retells the stories that formed his values and shaped his life. For young Clifton and his friends, there was plenty of trouble to stir up, ranging from a field fire, to buzzard hunting, to fights between the country boys and the city boys and of course, girls. There are also poignant moments, such as the loss of his best friend because of the impenetrable wall of segregation. And there are quirky characters: the town's sole, somewhat frightening taxi driver; the intriguing, cross-dressing homosexual; and the eccentric agronomy professor turned failed farmer. Sketches of a Small Town: Circa 1940 not only tells one man's story, but also beautifully captures the remarkable people, places, and events that characterized a unique lifestyle in a bygone era.