Scaffolds: A Childhood Memoir of Books


As a GenXer in the 1980s, I grew up as a latch-key kid. TV, movies, and video games vied for my siblings and my attention as we ate junk food. Yet, I became a reader at an early age, majored in English post-high school, and became a teacher and writer. Something about my childhood encouraged me to become a life-long reader. What was it?

SCAFFOLDS: A CHILDHOOD MEMOIR OF BOOKS is about the meaningful books I read when I was a kid and teenager. But the key to creating a life-long reader isn’t just with books alone.

SCAFFOLDS is for non-readers, new readers, and kid readers who grew up and never lost their childlike love for good books and good stories. Kids, like me.

And kids, like you.

Introduction: A Memoir of Sorts
1: How a Navy Nomad Learned English
2: A Brown Kid on Guam & Three Investigators on the Prairie
3: Movies – the Gateway to Books
4: The Accidental Autodidact, or How to Raise a Nerd
5: When the Reader Wrote
6: The Lewis, the Library & the Dynamic Duo
7: Pa’s Books
8: Portrait of an Anglophile as a Teen Girl
9: The How, Not the What, of Assigned Books
10: Physicists, Philosophers & Fools for God
11: The Takeaway, or These Go to Eleven
Appendix: My Narnia Short Story

Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publication Date: October 28, 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1502992205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1502992208
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Kindle version here.
  • Free PDF version here.
  • Informal Audio version on YouTube.

About Rufel Ramos

RUFEL F. RAMOS is an English professor at Dallas College (a multi-campus community college in Dallas County, Texas) and a published author. She is also a survivor of a rigorous liberal arts education, a single mother, an aunt, a big sister, the oldest child, an adopted kid, an Asian-American, a US Navy brat, a bemused Catholic, a sci-fi/fantasy geek, a mediocre Maker of stuff, and a once-and-future globe trotter. She often writes on any and all of those roles on her blog, and her website,
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