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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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the 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 Lili on 01-16-18
Uneven, quirky, nostalgic, heartfelt
This book was really all over the road for me...the hyper attention to period brands, the rhythm of the narrator...I almost quit the book several times in annoyance. But at some point I decided to forge ahead and eventually the book settled into an actual memoir and not just an infomercial for period products and norms.
It seems a bit odd that the author, now over 50, can manage to recall, in moment to moment detail, events from when he was six to around 14. But it was great to read about a family with both the usual sibling rivalries but also lovingly crafted portraits of his parents. I think this book is both a love letter to his parents, and to the period he grew up in...from Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, to Sting-Ray bikes, to the Mary Tyler Moore show, it’s all in there.
Both the book and the narrator grew on me, and I came to enjoy the book quite a bit after an initially rocky start. If you read the book, be sure to check out the PDF...the old photos are fun.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful