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A wild and bittersweet memoir of a classic '70s childhood.
It's a story of the 1970s. Of a road trip in a wood-paneled station wagon, with the kids in the way-back, singing along to the Steve Miller Band. Brothers waking up early on Saturday mornings for five consecutive hours of cartoons and advertising jingles that they'll be humming all day. A father - one of 3M's greatest and last eight-track-salesman fathers - traveling across the country on the brand-new Boeing 747, providing for his family but wanting nothing more than to get home.
It's Steve Rushin's story: of growing up within a '70s landscape populated with Bic pens, Mr. Clean and Scrubbing Bubbles, lightsabers, and those oh-so-coveted Schwinn Sting-Ray bikes. Sting-Ray Afternoons paints an utterly fond, psychedelically vibrant, laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of an exuberant decade. With sidesplitting commentary, Rushin creates a vivid picture of a decade of wild youth, cultural rebirth, and the meaning of parental, brotherly, sisterly, whole lotta love.
©2017 Steve Rushin (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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By Sharey on 07-06-17

Nostalgic--A Compendium of Throwbacks!

If you were born in the fifties or sixties, you might enjoy this review of all the trivia you grew up with. It will bring make memories, and remind you how far we've come, for better or worse. Find a spot in your backyard and settle in for an enjoyable ride back to your past. It seems a lot of our lives across America during this time were extremely similar, despite no Internet and limited television. Uncanny, actually. I could relate to everything in this book despite growing up in a different state.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Perfect narration, too.

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By S Atherton on 10-30-17

Trying to be like A Christmas Story

I felt like the author was shooting for the same feeling that Jean Shepherd created in A Christmas Story, but it falls short.
I grew up in the same time period the author writes about and could relate on some levels, but it didn't engender the same feelings.
There is a bit too much attention paid to commercials and other media to the point it becomes distracting.
Overall it was a pleasant effort and I don't regret listening.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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