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Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood: An Apple Core, a Toilet [Kindle Edition]

Tom Purcell
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Book Description

(New & Improved in March 2014: Five New Chapters Have Been Added!)

Nostalgic for your 1970s childhood? Me, too!

I am nationally syndicated humor columnist Tom Purcell (www.TomPurcell.com). My column runs in more than 200 newspapers across America.

In the past decade my readers have made it clear that they especially enjoy humor pieces that relive the misadventures of a typical 1970s childhood — so I wrote a book.

“An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood” includes misadventures and fond memories that are relatable to millions of baby boomers, men and women alike.

It includes 22 stories about bike jumps that nearly killed us, vengeance on the sledding slopes, 6th grade puppy love, the old wooden stereo console, the embarrassment of getting the first David Cassidy shag haircut, a beloved family dog that ran away, going through the old photo box as a kid and later as an adult with my mother, a baby sister left behind at the drive-in theater, a regrettable incident in which an 11 year old kid clogs the family room toilet with an apple core, and many other tales from the '70s.

These stories total approximately 40,000 words or 175 pages. Also, listen to my one-hour radio discussion about humorous ‘70s nostalgia at www.TomPurcell.com! And check out my collection of columns, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!”

For more details, visit me on the Web (www.TomPurcell.com) or email me at Tom@TomPurcell.com.


Product Details

  • File Size: 289 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Jocularity Press, Inc. (June 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KWO32U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye for the Truth October 7, 2012
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I've been reading Tom Purcell's newspaper columns for more than 12 years. I even edited a few hundred of them when I worked at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Tom is a funny guy with an eye for the truth and a good memory of what life was like growing up in the 1970s. Whether he's talking about his poor dad or his dog or his sled, he's an entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 70;s lookback February 18, 2013
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It was such a pleasure reading this book. It truly brought home memories of my own childhood in that same era. The light hearted just of the book is a real joy to read. I would highly recommend it to everyone
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious hardships! March 5, 2014
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Today there is much talk about the effects of the Baby Boomers reaching retirement age. The miracle is that any of us survived childhood. There were no seat belts, no safety helmets, and no helicopter parents. The "Greatest Generation" produced huge families (four to six kids was the norm; any fewer and people wondered what was wrong with you) and pushed us out the door to entertain ourselves. Either they didn't care what happened to us ("There's more where that one came from!") or they were overly optimistic about our common sense and survival skills. It made for a hair-raising childhood and Purcell's very funny, very well-written stories are evocative of an era that is long gone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book so much! July 13, 2014
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The author is two years younger than me, so I could relate to almost every word he wrote. Although we grew up in different parts of the country, the era was unmistakably the same. The stories he recounted stirred so many memories for me. With amazing recollection, Tom relived his childhood, delighting me with his humor and insight. This is a must read for baby boomers everywhere!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars hmmm August 14, 2013
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I lived a parallel life.....bringing back these memories was lovely. The repeat telling of events and typos drove me nuts! Proofread!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun easy read that brought lots of laughs. February 12, 2013
By Mary
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This book brought back fond memories of growing up in the 70's. As a parent, it also stressed me out a little to know that it actually happens that people sometimes leave their kids behind, accidentally of course. I also harbor a memory of damaging something in the house and the resulting shame, so the story of the apple core brought back a sickening feeling in my gut. Other than that sickening feeling, I really enjoyed this book. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars memories December 11, 2012
By Dave L
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Great read! I thought my dad was one of a kind? Come to find out based on the book that dads of the 70's were a lot alike. From shopping at Daniels Hardware to refinishing basements. Takes me back to a simpler time. Thanks Tom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny stories November 15, 2012
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This humor reminds me alot of how things were in that 70's show or the movie dazed and confused..thanks for a funny laugh
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic look at growing up in the seventies.
I really liked this book. It reminded me of my own childhood memories, many times. I recommend it to all.
Published 9 hours ago by Missy Roberson
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Up In The 70s
If you're like me you grew up in the 1970s and this period of time is captured in this book. It's an episodic memoir where the author tells of his many childhood memories.
Published 6 days ago by Ricky KImsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stories from his childhood.
Some funny and interesting true stories from his childhood. If you grew up in the 1970s you will identify with much of this.
Published 7 days ago by Eric A. Borgos
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading
I enjoyed the author's reminiscences and could relate to many of them. I agree with his opinion that growing up back then was a much simpler time.
Published 8 days ago by Georgiemom
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book to remember my childhood in the 70's!
Although I was born in 1971 there is so much to love of this book! Those of you that were born in the 60's and early 70's should love this book as much as I did! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Johanna
5.0 out of 5 stars It will keep you laughing...
The author will keep you entertained with his stories from his childhood. A great read for anyone who lived through the 70s.
Published 8 days ago by Cynthia M. Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely right on
I don't know Tom Purcell but I know him. He is one of my five sons who grew up very near him in the same decade. Life was as simple and easy going as he describes. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Dorothy Mcginley
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic look back
These short vignettes of the author's childhood were sweet and brought back memories of my own. However, some were a bit repetitive.
Published 9 days ago by Anna Zucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I read it working an overnight shift and thought my coworker would have me committed since I was laughing to hard! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jo Richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It!
Read it in one sitting! If you are a child from the 70's you will enjoy this book. I smiled and laughed several times. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kimberly Dula
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Tom Purcell is a nationally syndicated humor columnist (www.TomPurcell.com). He is the author of "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" and "Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood," a humorous memoir.

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