1960s Sherman featured in new book

Former Sherman resident Don McCullough recently had his first book published.

McCullough said “Danny Boy, A Memoir” is a coming-of-age story set in Sherman in 1968. Published by Outskirts Press, the book is described by the publisher as telling a story about a town that harbors a dark, violent past, a young boy carrying his own shattering secret, and a country at war with itself during a turbulent time in American history.

A publisher’s description of the book is as follows: As Sherman emerges from the legacy of segregation, the lead character, Danny, is assigned to Piner Junior High, an old, racially-mixed school across town that is vastly different than his modern, all-white elementary school. There he becomes a naïve witness to the Civil Rights movement as he watches minority students assert themselves with sheer adolescent energy.

“It’s a story I’ve carried inside me for a long time,” McCullough said. “I owe it all to a motorcycle accident a few years ago. As I sat home healing some fractured ribs, I needed a distraction. Once I began writing, the story just flowed out. In two months it was done.”

McCullough moved away from Sherman in 1972. He’s a professional firefighter and clinical mental health counselor living in New Hampshire. “Danny Boy, A Memoir” is available at local book sellers.