Las Vegas Writer publishes memoir of Great Depression era

Las Vegas Writer publishes memoir of Great Depression era


A newly published memoir describes the era of the Great Depression in a realistic and upbeat manner. The Shanty is the true story of how Byron J. Boyd and four other young men were forced to build a shanty in the “Shanty Town” of Los Angeles.

Byron J. Boyd says, “There were many stories written about the times during the Great Depression of the early 1930s. This story is quite different from any others. It doesn’t contain anything closely resembling the Joad family in The Grapes of Wrath. It is written as we lived it, on an upbeat scale.

“It tells how we survived. How we bounced back a couple times from the depths of despair. It tells what fun we had and how we filled in the time. It stresses the value of an education. It has romance, politics, government and a variety of other interesting things. I hope readers will be challenged in trying to top anything the five of us accomplished.”

Byron J. Boyd says, “I’m ethnic Irish and retired mechanical engineer. I have traveled extensively with the Navy and in civilian life.” He also notes, “I’ve mixed with the seamiest sector of life and the highest.” He notes that he has been married for 60 years.

“We are pleased to offer Byron J. Boyd’s book through the 1stBooks Library,” says President Tim Jacobs. “It has some fresh, insightful things to say, and we believe it’s well worth the reader’s attention.”

The Shanty is now available as a paperback and as a hardback from and from bookstores nationwide. The electronic version is available from for immediate download.

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