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In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash Paperback – April 28, 1991
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I usually cringe when books are made into movies, yet this story is so great that nothing could do it injustice.
I can't praise this book enough. Set in midwest during the depression, Shepherd shows that although times were tough, families were still families. This book is sometimes painfully, yet comically real, and I can't say that any other book has made me want to be as kid again - nor make me want to have a family - as much as Shepherd's.
Most of the episodes from the film are here, including, of course, the Red Ryder BB Gun Saga, the Leg Lamp Incident, The F Word Debacle, etc. and Shepherd's contribution to our collective psyche is that we remember both these events and similar events from our own childhoods in Capital Letters now. In the same way, and at the same time, as Tom Wolfe was getting us to think, not of radical chic and the right stuff, but of Radical Chic! and The Right Stuff!, Shepherd was likewise taking the seemingly common stuff of boyhood memory and elevating it to mythic status. So for most of us, when we look back into the mists of memory, we don't simply recall "the time we broke the window", rather we summon forth "The Broken Window Incident". At least, I know I do.
Read the paragraphs below & see if you haven't subconsciously internalized the cadences, impossibly graphic immediacy and recall, mild exaggerations for comedic effect and epic tone in your own recollections:
First on getting ready to leave the house in Winter: Preparing to go to school was like getting ready for extended Deep-Sea Diving.Read more ›
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Spent so many years listening to Shep on the radio every night, spinning his tales and sharing his insightful wit. Read morePublished 4 days ago by the Prodigal Orphan
I laugh out loud every year watching "A Christmas Story" which is based on this book. As usual, I find the book much more entertaining.Published 4 days ago by Photog Dad
Bought this as a gift for my son, but read it before wrapping it! A story of our old Indiana neighborhood that brought back some wonderful memories.Published 20 days ago by Linda Mayden
The movie CHRISTMAS STORY, was based in this book by Jean Shepherd. A comic genius , he is likened to James Thurber and Mark Twain in his hilarious descriptions of American... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arlene
Anybody reading "In God We Trust" will immediately recognize several chapters as portions of what became "A Christmas Story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Hazard Forbes
I bought this for my wife because she loves the movie "A Christmas Story". That movie is based on this book.Published 4 months ago by AnthonyS
The story behind the movie that's shown every Christmas. And other funny stuff.Published 5 months ago by Laura