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MANHASSET STORIES: A Baby Boomer Looks Back [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne McLain Rosenwasser , Michael Rosenwasser , Christopher McLain
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Book Description

Manhasset, Long Island - a town immortalized in JR Moehringer's TENDER BAR - is the focus of a dozen stories which encapsulate the early years in a town loved by all who were raised there in the mid-20th century. The author's local color pieces about Manhasset have been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES, as well as other newspapers and magazines.

Product Details

  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Manhasset Times Media Group LLC; 1 edition (December 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection on memory lane December 6, 2011
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The mystique and magic of growing up in Manhasset, New York is captured here with such perfection, and such love, that one doesn't need to know the environ to feel as if their own childhood has appeared on the page. In Manhasset Stories, Suzanne McLain Rosenwasser gives us the glorious gift of her writing as she regales us with tales of growing up in this Long Island town as it itself was spreading its wings in the 50s and 60s. From pool parties, to dances, to the soda fountain and town library, Ms. Rosenwasser waltzes us through delightful venue after delicious memory, bringing home a universality that we can all appreciate while celebrating the uniqueness of her hometown. One didn't have to live in Manhasset to recall the heartwarming smell of the soda shop or the clothing store where she held her first job. Nor does one have to be Catholic to hear the rustle of the nuns' serge habits, the tinkle in their laughter, or quake at the severity of their punishment. Allow this book to land in your hands, and of those you love, and take these stories to heart. Excellence in the telling of these kinds of tales is hard to come by. But Ms. Rosenwasser provides us with a glimpse into our own childhoods and neighborhoods with mastery and sheer perfection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle memoir shares growing up in Manhasset December 31, 2011
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Anyone who has grown up in a neighborhood where the living is easy, the local parents all know your name and change is taking place, but not fast enough for the young folks, will recognize the world described in "Manhasset Stories: A Baby Boomer Looks Back."

Author Suzanne McLain Rosenwasser reveals a 1950s & 1960s world where the bus driver, policeman, garbage man and local merchants all have names that parents and children knew. The kids played together in vacant fields filled with weeds, bicycle trails, trees and dreams. And everyone seemed to care about everyone else.

The writing in "Manhasset Stories" is precise and evocative. In fact, this book reminds me a lot of Annie Dillard's "An American Childhood." It has that same immediacy, that same intimacy.

From kindergarten, first communion, that first job, all the way to the kid-friendly field being taken over by a new shopping mall, the memories and insights in "Manhasset Stories" will resonate with Baby Boomers who remember their own growing up years.

This book is a very good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeking Old Manhasset in the Shadows of Memory December 23, 2011
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Can you name all the children in your Kindergarten class? Suzanne McLain Rosenwasser can, and the name of the bus driver, and the policeman, and even the garbage man! In this great book the author describes with exquisite detail what it was like to live in Manhasset, Long Island in the three decades following the 1950s. This is not only a memoir but also a portrait of small town, America as it changed along with the world around it.

The book is made up of twelve 2-3 page stories (and one recipe), two of which have been featured in the New York Times, and one of which earned a Long Island Press Association Award. The stories cover everything from vacationing at beach 9 where the hotdogs were so crisp they snapped when bitten, to the author being a "popover girl" at Patricia Murphy's Candlelight Inn Restaurant. There is even a (very) short mention of slumber parties at the convent of Our Lady of Grace where some of the girls went (gasp!) skinny dipping in the pool while the nuns slept.

Alternating between nostalgic and funny, this book is an examination of the glue that holds a community together in the midst of change, and of the values, experiences, and metaphors which over the years turn children into adults who have a clear sense of belonging. The author's writing is so casual and engaging that when you are reading you feel she is talking while seated next to you.

Whether you want to read Manhasset Stories as entertainment, as history, or as a blueprint for jotting down reflections about your own life, you will not be disappointed. Buy Suzanne's book and join her in her quest to seek old Manhasset in the shadows of memory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful walk down memory lane...a must read! December 31, 2011
By meek100
I was hooked from the preface on. My only complaint is that it was too short. I was blessed to live during that special time, in that special town. Thank you to the author for awakening some wonderful memories. I look forward to her future work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Memories December 31, 2011
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If you remember ice cream parlors, soda fountains, luncheonettes, and five-and-ten-cent stores, then this memoir of growing up in a Long Island neighborhood during the 50's and 60's will delight you.

Two of the most moving stories in the book are "Queen Mary" and "Walking through the Fountains of Youth." In "Queen Mary," Suzanne McLain Rosenwasser remembers how her sister Mary was chosen, in the second grade, to place the crown of flowers on the statue of the Blessed Virgin during a Queen of the May ceremony and her own disappointment when she was not selected for this childhood honor. In the award-winning essay "Walking through the Fountains of Youth," the author shares, "In my youth, we walked the town among the villagers who helped raise us. I'd like to think our parents knew what they were doing when they refused to drive us places. Walking gave us a sense of purpose, and the soda fountains provided us with a sense of belonging."

Strict nuns, trips to Jones Beach, tomboy pals, soda fountains, and perfect egg creams are all recalled with exquisite accuracy and tenderness.

Ms. Rosenwasser tells her readers she has "chosen to dwell on the times we enjoy remembering" and she has done just that, ensuring they enjoy reading this collection of beautifully written memories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Manhasset Stories
This delightful book reminded me of the innocence and humor of Booth Tarkington's "Seventeen". Indeed, previous generations read "look back books " and were often nostalgic for... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Carol Cassidy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought Me Home!
Can you distinctly remember and describe the drab interior wall colors of St. Mary's elementary school, "the Jaffee experience" with our parents, and Plandome road life... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jack Dishinger
2.0 out of 5 stars Manhasset Stories
It seemed to be witten badly, I could not relate to the book. I thin the writing misses its mark
Published 22 months ago by Barbara Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more!
Being a Baby Boomer, but not from Long Island, I just did not see what the big deal was with the high ratings of this book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a hoot!
I loved this book because it brought back such great memories of times gone-by! I was born and raised in Queens, NY and my father owned a business in Roslyn in Nassau, a little... Read more
Published on July 7, 2012 by AMKaloha
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Boomers will LOVE this one.
I laughed out loud at times reading this book. If you grew up in the 50's / 60's most likely you can relate to the stories in this book. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by Megs
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading!!!
If you miss the days when people didn't have to lock their doors, when kids were free to roam and explore, and when life was without the constant interruptions of cell phones,... Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by John J
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read if your From Long Island
An incredible recreation of a time and place that will never be the same, and enough of the "warts" mixed in to help the reader recognize that the past wasn't perfect, but is worth... Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by Gloria
5.0 out of 5 stars Such fun, traveling back in time
I didn't grow up on Long Island, nor did I grow up in the 50s, but I felt like I did both while reading this book. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by Deb Kingsbury
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More About the Author

A freelance writer and former English teacher whose work has been published in many Long Island newspapers and magazines, as well as the NEW YORK TIMES. Rosenwasser's essays have earned both New York Press Association (NYPA) and Long Island Press Association (LIPA) awards. The first volume of MANHASSET STORIES ("A Baby Boomer Looks Back") was #1 in Amazon Hot New Memoirs, Dec. 2011; the second volume ("More Baby Boomer Memories") was published December, 2012. The author's first novel, DON'T YA KNOW, will be published in the Fall of 2014.


"This book was outstanding!! It brought back so many memories of my childhood and teenage days in Manhasset."
- Carl

"A joy to read. I had not heard of Manhasset before reading Suzanne's stories. Soon it felt like another home!"
~ Terry

"Anyone who grew up in a small town will LOVE this book...and those of you who didn't, will wish they did."
~ Lynne

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