A Fortunate Life

Author Fred H. Rohn grew up on Hurden Street in Hillside, New Jersey, a place that played a pivotal role in his upbringing.

From bike rides and street games in Hillside, to marriage and children in the town of Madison, Rohn shares his experiences of growing up during the Depression, attending college, serving in the Navy, embarking on a business career, and marrying his best friend and high school sweetheart.

Offering an important historical perspective on growing up in the twentieth century, this memoir shares what Rohn considers to be the factors of a fortunate life. Interspersed with photographs from past and present, he shows how one small life fits, as a microcosm, into the fabric of family, friends, and an ever-changing world environment.


Praise for A Fortunate Life

“A wonderful undertaking that every parent should provide to his or her children and grandchildren” – Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

“A loving and valuable gift of record” – Jennifer Kelland Perry, award-winning author of Calmer Secrets and Calmer Girls

“Rohn goes beyond familial storytelling into personal thoughts and advice that are relevant to us all.” – Carrie Rubin, award-winning author of The Bone CurseEating Bull, and The Seneca Scourge


A Fortunate Life is available in hardback, paperback and eBook at:

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