Growing up in a children's home in Pennsylvania:
the true stories

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ISBN: 0-7414-3775-9
Infinity Publishing (2007)
5.5"x8.5" paperback
206 pages

‘Twas A Hard Knock Life: The Tabor Home Story

Orville Wright Jr., editor

Book description: Tabor Home For Children was founded a century ago in Philadelphia but moved to Doylestown, PA in 1913. This remarkable anthology captures the memories and recollections of 50 of those residents spread over six decades. The experience of being raised in a children's home with 40 boys and 40 girls will enlighten, sadden, amuse and surprise most readers. The individual stories are told in a forthright style expressing remorse, gratitude, anger, joy, spirituality and excitement. The book is uplifting and depressing, adventurous and predictable, happy and sad, just like life itself.

About the Author: Orville Wright came to Tabor Home in 1941 and remained there 10 years. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was a Navy helicopter test pilot for 14 years. He worked in the aerospace industry for IBM and Lockheed Martin, retiring in 2000. Orv is the father of four children and lives with his second wife Carolyn in Owego, NY. He is past president of the Owego Rotary Club, prepares taxes for senior citizens and teaches job interviewing skills and resume' writing classes to foster children under the auspices of Tabor Children's Services Inc.

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        - Claire Evans, Dallas, PA

"Your book is wonderful, full of inspiring statements and history that I didn't know about."
        - Mary Pughe, Weston, MA

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        -Jean Godown, Homosassa, FL

"I was moved to tears at some of the recollections."
        -Jake Highton, Reno, NV

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        -Kathryn Stafford, Warminster, PA

"Received my copy of 'Twas A Hard Knock Life yesterday and couldn't put it down until I read it from cover to cover."
        -Genevieve Barrett, Beaumont, TX

"Bob brought home your book last night. It is wonderful!"
        -Kris DeVente, Binghamton, NY

"[The book was] exciting, uplifting, depressing, happy and sad. I really enjoyed reading it."
        -Nancy Fasic, West Chester, PA

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