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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: World Audience, Inc.; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935444557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935444558
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,547,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Terrell on May 25, 2010
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I like Kevin Gray's approach to personal biography. Every person's story can mirror others' experience. While I did not know him at the time, I was at Douglas Southall Freeman High School a year behind him. I was fascinated to read of events that he experienced, which I knew about as well but from another perspective, ex. the class president shaving his head when he was hassled for growing his hair long. I knew and was friends with a number of people in his accounts and it was a new and odd experience to encounter old friends in such a way. He articulates the transition of cultural experiences as an upper middle class southern public school finally began to accept the changes of the '60s. I also thought he did an admirable job of finding the voice of a kid on the cusp of adulthood.
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By Brad Dunaway on January 22, 2011
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The Calming of A Generation

"On The Strand" By Kevin Gray

Could "On The Strand:" be a late 1960's early 1970's Tom Sawyer / Huck Finn adventure? In many ways there are similarities. This renegade group, while living on the absolute edge, sought excitement at every corner. Whether they were floating down the James River on a tire inner tube with a six pack tied to them or jumping over Boshas Dam and going underneath the falls it was never enough.

These renegades lived life in overdrive every minute because deep down inside they knew that most likely they would end up in a rice paddy somewhere in the Mekong Delta. The draft never left their minds. The Viet Nam War was an everyday reality for this group just as the Afghanistan War is for our young people today. The only difference is they had no choice. When they received that notice they were gone. Even though they opposed the war, no one in that group defected to Canada. They accepted the realty that most likely Viet Nam may come to be.

Kevin's Mother & Father bring a universal theme to "On The Strand" that will carry to many generations to come. They remained passive and supportive throughout this time of turmoil. There is no doubt that they had confidence in their son and that he would come through this time. The things they said and did never hurt him. No negative comments, no "you can't do's", and never a " You won't be successful"...only the belief that ultimately he would be successful.

While talking with my wife about the book she looked at me and asked, "Do you think we were good parents?". "On The Strand" brought that kind of emotion from her and me. Take note all parents past, present, and future: we can learn from what Mr. & Mrs.
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