Constance M. Constant, a graduate of Chicago’s De Paul University and a retired elementary school teacher, has always been fascinated by history. Her books reflect both her vocation and her avocation. “Austin Lunch” colorfully relates how two children witnessed their hardworking immigrant parents’ integrity and resolve in enduring the Great Depression. In American Kid, Constant reveals a child’s-eye-view of his courageous mother’s agony and strength of mind in struggling to ensure her American children’s survival during WWII.