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A Fistful of Fig Newtons Paperback – October 12, 2004
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—New York Times Book Review
“Shepherd has a style and a vision all of his own . . . A Fistful of Fig Newtons is as bright and pleasant a diversion as one is likely to encounter.”
“Certainly the greatest American humorist of the last twenty years, and arguably one of our best writers, period . . . A Fistful of Fig Newtons is an excellent introduction to those who know no Shepherd, and refreshment to those who do, and who would trade almost anything to be able to read him again for the first time.”
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Not as good as Shepherd's first two books, but entertaining nonetheless.
His writing style is... well... stylish. Not everyone will "hear" his sarcasm and dry humor. He also takes some time getting to the point. (The journey IS the adventure!)
And, oh yes, he's writing from a different era... one that's just a teensy bit politically incorrect, at times.
Once you're on his wavelength, you'll be hooked by his style, his stories, and his cleverness.
The Fig Newtons story... I didn't see that coming. Not for a second. It was a totally delicious, laugh-out-loud zinger when all was revealed.
The rest of the book is equally rich and evocative of a different time (but -- at the same time -- an Everyman experience), and ranges from guffaws to deep amusement.
But, to fully enjoy his writing, it's best to watch the movies with his narrative, such as "A Christmas Story," first.
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As a rule, I enjoy Jean Shepard's works, this is another of his group of stories. Included was one work I remember from Playboy back in the seventies or eighties. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LeftLeo
Stories I first read in Playboy. Nothing better than "The Mole People vs. the Forces of Darkness.Published 2 months ago by Mark Lincoln
Humorous, sometimes poignant and simply fascinating insight of times gone by yet not so far away.Published 2 months ago by I. Dunn
As a Jean Shepherd fan I would have rated this book "5 STARS" as I rated it when it came out hardcover. However, the poor proofreading detracted from this Kindle edition. Read morePublished 3 months ago by HAROLD SEZ...
"Shep" was a comic genius. His words paint images which make his tales so amusing.Published 5 months ago by qwerty
It is Jean Shepard. If you have never heard or read his works, give it a try. Unless you have never gone to elementary school or been in the Army.Published 6 months ago by Bruce Griffin
Jean Shepherd's wonderful stories are a great relaxing summer read!Published 7 months ago by Bea Fre
In A Fistful of Fig Newtons Jean Shepherd tells several humorous stories. The title story concerns some college students. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John Martin