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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475250177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475250176
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a great piece of writing and remembering. Insert your name, some friends and places, and take a memorable trip back in time! - Mike Warren

From the Author

The stories gathered in The Boys Of Northwood are for the most part true. One or two have been given the benefit of a fertile imagination. A few others were casualties of a memory that tends to become more forgetful as it ages.    
You may notice that the stories stray from a chronological order. I might be eleven in one tale, then sixteen in the next, followed by a story in which I'm a pre-teen again. Also, some of the narratives encompass more than one event or a particular time frame. After an attempt to follow a timeline, I  concluded that the stories should stay, much like my life in those days, unorganized.
Though several of the short tales are from my perspective, I tried to put the burden (or in some cases the blame) on my fellow Northwooders.  These stories are really about them. Some have passed away, but we all live in these pages. The Northwooders will always endure in the stories we tell.
If you happened to be young in this wild yet innocent time, you might find similarities in these stories to your own adolescence. If not, then this is what you missed.

More About the Author

ADVENTURES IN STORYTELLING

Author Randy Mixter lives in Pasadena, Maryland, with his wife Veronica and their five cats. He writes in a variety of genres including Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Mysteries, and Suspense Thrillers. He currently has twelve novels and three short stories available, with more on the way.

Find out about new releases, special discounts, and free book promotions at https://sites.google.com/site/randymixtersbooksite/

Check out his Facebook author's page at: https://www.facebook.com/RandyMixtersBooks

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Northwooder1
Read his blog at: http://randy-mixter.blogspot.com/

Customer Reviews

Mixter describes in detail what we experienced and what we did.
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If you want to sit and think about the past then this is a story that you must read.
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I grew up in Dundalk in Baltimore County and this book brought back many memories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joan Gunby on May 31, 2012
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I was delighted to find Randy Mixter's book, "The Boys of Northwood, " is reading that is not just for boys. I believe this is Mixter's first novel and he weaves tales of his boyhood adventures with the Northwood gang, perhaps with a little embellishment, that are humorous and just plain fun to read. Mixter and his buddy's antics throughout each chapter tell of a much more innocent time when things like "Sewer pipe exploring" and "Riding in the trunk"(actual chapter titles) to avoid having to pay for a car load of friends in a drive in movie, are truly extreme adventures for that time period. If you lived during that time period, nostalgia will take over and transport you back to that chapter in your life. if you did not, you can only experience the adventures through this book or perhaps a movie depicting this time and the innocence lost to it. Any book that makes me laugh out loud is more than worth the purchase price and I did a lot of laughing out loud while reading this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 6, 2012
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This was such a great book. It felt like reading someone's jounal, which I did a time or too when I wasn't supposed too :) I loved this book. It was a collection of short stories about the mischief that young boys get into. My favorite story I think was the weapons of not so massive destruction. It gave me some great ideas. I remember the water balloon fights I used to have as a kid, and shooting each other with frozen peas. I also loved the car parking story. I remember the days of how much fun it was to sit in the back of a car and make out with your boyfriend. Sometimes growing up is not as much fun as we believe it to be when we are young. If you want to sit and think about the past then this is a story that you must read. It's excellent and will give some young teenage kids some great ideas of fun that won't get them into to much trouble.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. on April 12, 2012
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Reading this book leaves one with a warm feeling of remembrance - how sweet it was to grow up in MD during the late 1950-60's. The book is written with great attention to detail - a tribute to the author's memory and gives one a feeling of shared experiences. There were chapters where I laughed out loud. Two of my favorite stories were the "dance" at the Northwood Rec Center with the Mello-Men and the Northwood School Summer Fair. Open the book at any point and be immediately transported back in time by the author's recall of music, seasonal events or even favorite types of candy. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I look forward not only to sharing it with friends but to reading it again in future.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Russell L. Allen on May 19, 2012
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Randy's book took me back to my growing up years in Baltimore. It was amazing how many things we had in common even though I grew up in NE Baltimore (Cedonia Ave). I highly recommend this book to any one who grew up in the 50's and 60's.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By chris on December 18, 2011
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The short stories in this book are wonderfully nostalgic and vividly describe the goings on of a group of neighborhood friends from the Baltimore neighborhood called Northwood. When I read this book, Jean Shepard's Christmas Story immediately came to mind. Mr. Mixter has a way of telling a tale from his adventures as a teen that transports the reader back in time to the early 60's. Those were innocent times before people locked their doors and the neighbors knew each other. The book is full of humor and you'll enjoy the trip to a simpler life if only for a short time. I would love a sequel.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Researcher on June 3, 2012
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Growing Up In Baltimore City 1958 to 1966... there was something nostalgic about this book. I had to buy it to see what the story was all about.... I've never been in Baltimore, and I was reading this without any knowledge of this city today or in 1960s. I did not have any previous opinions of this writer or this city, but I was delighted to read these short stories and get a glimpse of what the world was like when you were growing up in a city like Baltimore. It was different than where I grew up but there are always similar things that happen to all the teenagers, like dating, going to movies, and so on.

You can actually feel the hot summer and the gentle breeze of the wind when you read this book. The writer has successfully captured the teenage boys and their adventures and makes the reader to live with the boys during different seasons, and see what the boys see ...

It is a collection of short stories, some are better than the others (in my opinion), but overall, it was a good collection.
I don't know if this was the first book by this author but it was a first one I had read, and I'm going to follow this author's work from now on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Warren on June 12, 2012
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What a great piece of writing and remembering I grew up in a neighborhood a few miles from Northwood but shared many of the same experiences , insert your name some friends and places and take a memorable trip back in time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 5, 2013
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TAKE A NOSTALGIC TOUR IN TIME, 1960'S WHERE DAYS WERE FINE.

THERE WERE SOME YOUNG BOYS MISCHIEVOUSLY OUT TO PLAY, BOYS BEING BOYS, A GENERATION OF THE `BABY-BOOMERS' DAY.

READ HOW THEY PLAYED IN THEIR INNOCENCE, FOOLHARDY AND HEARTFELT. HOW THEY PLAYED IN FREEDOM WITH NO FEAR ABOUT.

AT THE LAST AGES OF CHILDHOOD AND BECOMING YOUNG MEN,

THE BOYS OF NORTHWOOD TOURED THEIR TOWN TOGETHER MAKING MEMORIES AS FRIENDS.

MEMORIES TO RECALL IN THEIR DAYS OF SILVER,

OF CHILLING ON THE PORCH, SWIPED BEERS TO SHARED TOGETHER.

AND WHAT WOULD A STORY BE IF IT DIDN'T FESS UP,

THOSE BRAINLESS TIMES OF DOING, OH REALLY! YUCK!

THEN ONE BY ONE, TRUE LOVE FINDS THESE BOYS.

INCLUDING THE AUTHOR IN WRITING OF LIVING THOSE TIMES.

IT WAS JUST BEFORE LEAVING...OH, SORRY I CANNOT SAY.

I DO NOT GIVE SPOILERS JUST THE TANTALIZING TASTE.
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