Boomer Tales: Hula Hoops, Hippies, Hemp, and Hijinks Kindle Edition
|Length: 170 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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About the Author
Born in 1949 to an Italian family, LaRue Agresti grew up in Chicago.
Her varied career has included work as an accountant, a barber, a public relations firm owner, and a designer.
Today, she resides in Geneva, Illinois, and on a sailboat in the United States Virgin Islands.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication date : November 4, 2015
- File size : 642 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 170 pages
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B017M7RK06
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,460 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author writes easily and well. It felt like I was sitting and listening to a friend. She had a lot of hard times, but doesn't particularly dwell on them. She just kept a-going. Quite resilient I think. What an era she lived through. The best music in my opinion. I am seven years younger so I was stuck with a lot of seventies music for my teenage years. But how well I remember the sixties--even watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan.
Any Baby Boomer will enjoy this memoir, particularly Chicago Baby Boomers. I felt the ending was too abrupt. An Epilogue or Post Script on what she's doing now would have been great, and maybe even an About the Author page. I could have also done without the entire quoting of her friends' letters from Europe. They sounded like a riot when the author described the kind of funny, original, unexpected things they'd do, but their letters didn't come across the same way--although I appreciate and respect how much the author loved them. They were wonderful friends.
Through her breezy style she tell a series of brief stories, which like an impressionistic painter eventually combine to create a pointillistic picture of her early life. Often funny and sometimes sad, these vignettes are a series of brief stories many of which are remarkable in their realism and linger with you long after finishing it.
The book takes you on a journey that begins with her early life with a challenging mother and supportive father and the interesting characters that populated the many ethnic neighborhoods her family lived in. It continues and carries you through her years as a maturing teen documenting the tumultuous times of social unrest in Chicago during the '60's as well as her eventual exposure as a young woman to drugs, sex and partying in the '60's along with the accompanying destruction they ultimately caused. It describes how her first marriage was partly a casualty of the times, but that the birth of her daughter and the many responsibilities of motherhood may helped her steer a saner course throughout the period. Part of the book is told through a series letters sent to her much loved younger sister who lived in Chicago while Agresti and her young daughter lived in a communal hippie crash pad in the Florida Keys.
Agresti's humorous take on these situations and her strong loving relationships make this an enjoyable trip through a colorful social period.
Top reviews from other countries
I was hoping for a bit more oomph!
Sorry LaRue Agresti, it didn’t do it for me