When Roger Bechan was six, his mother packed his suitcase and took him to the Oklahoma Society for the Friendless. He never saw her again. No wonder he and his orphan friends omit the tenth commandment - to 'honor your father and mother'. His long journey through three orphanages and several foster homes is recalled with surprising humor and insight. Eventually, the boy finds a home in a small Oklahoma oil town, obtains degrees from two universities, marries and raises three sons, and becomes the youngest director of the San Francisco Public Library and an award-winning book designer. The book is an unsentimental look at Bechan's life in the child welfare system of Depression-era Oklahoma.
ROGER BECHAN, who later changed his name to Bill Holman, became head librarian of Pan American University; Director of the Rosenberg Library in Galveston; director of the San Francisco Library; and professor of the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas. He is a mentor for the Orphan Foundation of America and has represented the organization on national television.