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The Orphans' Nine Commandments
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Part One: The Red & White Trolley
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Chapter 1
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Chapter 2
  2. pp. 14-22
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  1. Chapter 3
  2. pp. 23-35
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  1. Chapter 4
  2. pp. 36-42
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  1. Chapter 5
  2. pp. 43-56
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  1. Part Two: Please! Don’t Call Me Will Rogers
  2. pp. 74-75
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  1. Chapter 6
  2. pp. 59-72
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  1. Chapter 7
  2. pp. 73-84
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  1. Chapter 8
  2. pp. 85-94
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  1. Chapter 9
  2. pp. 95-112
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  1. Chapter 10
  2. pp. 113-127
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  1. Chapter 11
  2. pp. 128-136
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  1. Chapter 12
  2. pp. 137-149
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  1. Part Three: Orphans’ Nine Commandments
  2. pp. 168-169
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  1. Chapter 13
  2. pp. 153-170
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  1. Chapter 14
  2. pp. 171-185
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  1. Chapter 15
  2. pp. 186-197
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  1. Part Four: Searching for One’s Beginnings
  2. pp. 216-217
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  1. Chapter 16
  2. pp. 201-216
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  1. Chapter 17
  2. pp. 217-227
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  1. End Notes
  2. pp. 229-230
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 233-234
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