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Life at 12 College Road Paperback – Illustrated, November 15, 2013
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- Publisher : Something or Other Publishing LLC; Illustrated edition (November 15, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0984693831
- ISBN-13 : 978-0984693832
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.47 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,922,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life at 12 College Road is a delightful, heart-warming read that will have you laughing at the events of Eric's life as you live them through his stories, but also conjuring up memories, both happy and sad from your own experience. As he says in the preface, "...get yourself a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and get comfortable." Get ready to travel back to your childhood and relive those precious moments as Eric takes you with him on his time travel through his memories.
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This is a story of life in a comfortably-off middle-class American family of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Eric Mondschein writes in a way that brings the people and the places to life in three dimensions and places the reader right in the middle of the action. At the same time, they are the reflections of maturity on the energy and folly of youth.
In places there is an elegiac, retrospective quality to the writing. "And it was then that I remembered what had been bothering me for so long," Mondschein writes in the first chapter. "I was alone. You see, my mom dad and younger brother have all passed on without me. They are exploring new worlds and I have been left behind." But this is not the story of one given to prolonged melancholy. The author was clearly an energetic child and youth, always on the lookout for adventure and to get away with as much as he could. He describes his sibling rivalry with his younger brother, Jeff, and how he tries to get the better of him. Sometimes he succeeds, sometimes he fails. Sometimes they get into mischief together, like the time when, inspired by the Winter Olympics, they turned the stairs in their house into a bobsled run and crashed out of control into the wall at the foot of the stairs. Or the time when, driven to distraction by Jeff's refusal to play dead or wounded in their childhood war games, Eric challenged his younger brother to a game in which they would attempt to shoot each other with pellet guns. Eric won that round, but things didn't always go his way.
This is honest writing. And humorous. In fact, I found it a compelling read and would recommend it to anyone who is willing to accept the author's assertion that it was the small things that deeply touched him and his hope that the retelling of these stories "can help you to connect with similar moments from your own life"