A Look Back in Time: Memoir of a Military Kid in the 50s, Vol. II” was entered, in 2018, into the Life Stories Category of the 26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. The judges review follows:

Anyone wanting to understand the 20th century Army brat life abroad is recommended to read A Look Back in Time, a memoir which admirably conveys a large slice of an American boy’s life in Germany. I was drawn in by the narrator’s awed voice as he tells the story of his magical experience flying on a plane with his family to Germany. The near crash rendered that experience a nightmare averted just like the one following, when the author’s father managed not to kill a German child while driving the whole family in an army jeep.

It is fun to read about Lee making friends and interesting to see how his parents disciplined Lee and his siblings. The difference in musical tastes between the narrator and the German boys, he makes friends with, serves to show differences in culture. It is nice to read about how these friends ended up with jobs in the same bowling alley as Lee, and interesting to discover how dangerous that job could be! I was not surprised that the author’s essay on Goethe placed fourth in the competition, because the author has obvious talent. Some of the most interesting scenes in the book are those involved with activities like boxing, ice skating, football or dancing. I was sorry that the author had to leave Elsie behind.

The Writer’s Digest gave the book the following scores: 

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5   

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5

Production Quality and Cover Design: 4  

Plot and Story Appeal: 4

Character Appeal and Development: 4

Voice and Writing Style: 5

Author: Bernard N. Lee, Jr. : Copies of “A Look Back in Time: Memoir of a Military Kid in the 50s, Vol. II” are available at For a signed copy, contact me via e-mail at < >