- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Craven Street Books (August 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781610352505
- ISBN-13: 978-1610352505
- ASIN: 1610352505
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fresno Growing Up: A City Comes of Age: 1945-1985 Paperback – August 1, 2015
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"Fresno Growing Up" packs more information about Fresno than I could have imagined ... Provost put Fresno in California's historical perspective, which has not been fully portrayed before. --Charmaine Coimbra, The Muse Pallet
"Fresno Growing Up" captures the unique history of the Central Valley in a fashion that's sure to stir nostalgia. You'll learn how the city factored into the stories of some of sports' biggest names, not to mention fascinating history like how my favorite fruit, the fig, became synonymous with Fresno. --Paul Loeffler, ESPN broadcaster and Voice of the Bulldogs
Steve Provost's book brings it all back so clearly, you can almost feel the sting of Bactine from being in the sun all day or smell the burning maple leaves on a Fresno winter afternoon. "Fresno Growing Up" is a mother lode of memories and a thoroughly delightful read! --Dean Opperman of Dean and Don's Breakfast Club
Anyone who has grown up in Fresno, or has lived there for a period of years, should enjoy looking at "Fresno Growing Up." --Joseph Arellano, San Francisco Book Review
Indeed, home is where the heart is. And after reading this exceptionally-chronicled masterpiece, you will validate your heart's love for this nutty, fascinating hometown of ours. The words and photos will jingle memory bells of happy days that ring true today, and keep us near. --John Wallace, retired radio/television newscaster
Impressively well written, organized and presented. As informed and informative as it is entertaining and absorbing, "Fresno Growing Up" is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library 20th Century American History collections and could well serve as a template for similar histories for community anywhere else in the country. --John Burroughs, Reviewer's Bookwatch
Any seeking a lively, fun survey of the area will find this an inviting must-have local history. --California Bookwatch
About the Author
Stephen H. Provost grew up in Fresno in the 1960s and 1970s, and is now a journalist and author living on California’s Central Coast.
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Stephen expresses his passion for his hometown in such a loving and knowledgeable way I could read it over and over.
It's filled with the town's intimate history. It made me wish I could be in the underground aquarium, swimming with the mermaids.
I was amazed at all the diversities Fresno has overcome. A definite must read for all.
Thank you Stephen for the adventurous trip to Fresno from Denver.
If you are from the area, this book is a must own. Through diligent research, this book gives the reader a real feel of what it was like to grow up in the heartland of California. It tells the story of so many who came from the area. You know it is special when you turn to page 106 and find a rare picture from 1965 of a small unknown band called the Nocturnes, which does not mean much to many – but a second look at the picture, and on the right you see a very young Steve Perry of Journey with his unmistaken smile.
I could go on about this book, but I would spoil it for so many. Do not miss out on this rare gym of a book.
Can't tell you how great this book is. I found out so much about my home town too !
Stephen did an outstanding job of research and the photos are magnificent. The local Barnes & Noble in Fresno can't keep it in stock.
I was visiting over the holidays and they had 3 copies on hold- none on the shelf.