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MANHASSET STORIES: A Baby Boomer Looks Back by [Rosenwasser, Suzanne McLain]
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Length: 74 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Manhasset Times Media Group LLC; 1 edition (December 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006HIJQBS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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The mystique and magic of growing up in Manhasset, New York is captured here with such perfection, and such love, that one doesn't need to know the environ to feel as if their own childhood has appeared on the page. In Manhasset Stories, Suzanne McLain Rosenwasser gives us the glorious gift of her writing as she regales us with tales of growing up in this Long Island town as it itself was spreading its wings in the 50s and 60s. From pool parties, to dances, to the soda fountain and town library, Ms. Rosenwasser waltzes us through delightful venue after delicious memory, bringing home a universality that we can all appreciate while celebrating the uniqueness of her hometown. One didn't have to live in Manhasset to recall the heartwarming smell of the soda shop or the clothing store where she held her first job. Nor does one have to be Catholic to hear the rustle of the nuns' serge habits, the tinkle in their laughter, or quake at the severity of their punishment. Allow this book to land in your hands, and of those you love, and take these stories to heart. Excellence in the telling of these kinds of tales is hard to come by. But Ms. Rosenwasser provides us with a glimpse into our own childhoods and neighborhoods with mastery and sheer perfection.
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Anyone who has grown up in a neighborhood where the living is easy, the local parents all know your name and change is taking place, but not fast enough for the young folks, will recognize the world described in "Manhasset Stories: A Baby Boomer Looks Back."

Author Suzanne McLain Rosenwasser reveals a 1950s & 1960s world where the bus driver, policeman, garbage man and local merchants all have names that parents and children knew. The kids played together in vacant fields filled with weeds, bicycle trails, trees and dreams. And everyone seemed to care about everyone else.

The writing in "Manhasset Stories" is precise and evocative. In fact, this book reminds me a lot of Annie Dillard's "An American Childhood." It has that same immediacy, that same intimacy.

From kindergarten, first communion, that first job, all the way to the kid-friendly field being taken over by a new shopping mall, the memories and insights in "Manhasset Stories" will resonate with Baby Boomers who remember their own growing up years.

This book is a very good read.
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Can you name all the children in your Kindergarten class? Suzanne McLain Rosenwasser can, and the name of the bus driver, and the policeman, and even the garbage man! In this great book the author describes with exquisite detail what it was like to live in Manhasset, Long Island in the three decades following the 1950s. This is not only a memoir but also a portrait of small town, America as it changed along with the world around it.

The book is made up of twelve 2-3 page stories (and one recipe), two of which have been featured in the New York Times, and one of which earned a Long Island Press Association Award. The stories cover everything from vacationing at beach 9 where the hotdogs were so crisp they snapped when bitten, to the author being a "popover girl" at Patricia Murphy's Candlelight Inn Restaurant. There is even a (very) short mention of slumber parties at the convent of Our Lady of Grace where some of the girls went (gasp!) skinny dipping in the pool while the nuns slept.

Alternating between nostalgic and funny, this book is an examination of the glue that holds a community together in the midst of change, and of the values, experiences, and metaphors which over the years turn children into adults who have a clear sense of belonging. The author's writing is so casual and engaging that when you are reading you feel she is talking while seated next to you.

Whether you want to read Manhasset Stories as entertainment, as history, or as a blueprint for jotting down reflections about your own life, you will not be disappointed. Buy Suzanne's book and join her in her quest to seek old Manhasset in the shadows of memory.
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I loved this book because it brought back such great memories of times gone-by! I was born and raised in Queens, NY and my father owned a business in Roslyn in Nassau, a little south of Manhasset. My father's brother moved from Mineola to Manhasset when I was in high school. This book conjured up for me the sights, the sounds and the smells of a time that was wholesome and good, and the only bad things teens did were take a few puffs from a real cigarette, get served a fancy drink in a restaurant before they turned 18 and congregate in soda shops; not to mention sneaking out of the lunchroom window and watching nuns' underwear flying in the breeze! If you entered puberty in the 50's or 60's you owe it to yourself to read this!
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You don't need to have grown up in Manhasset to enjoy this delightful collection of reminiscences of a post-war childhood on Long Island's new and growing suburban North Shore. From the first day of kindergarten to teenage pool parties, Rosenwasser's stories are rooted in a particular place and time but evoke memories any Boomer, from east coast to west, can share. Her distinctive tone--warm, wise, and generous--links these varied stories together, and the clear-eyed cultural observations and poignant moments conveyed completely without saccharine are the hallmark of assured writing talent.

There is another, unexpected pleasure to this book. It's a testament to a time completely devoid of electronic gadgetry (except, perhaps, for the odd portable transistor radio). These stories are here to be told because this generation of young people grew up together, in fact: face to face, in real time. Nothing "virtual" here! They ran, played, and climbed trees together; cruised the five and dime, formed clubs complete with business cards and stationery, learned how work a cash register at after-school jobs, and strategically necked in the shadows at country club parties (line firmly drawn at the collarbone!). Reading these stories brought to mind the satisfying feeling of burying my feet in the sand on the beach and sifting it through my fingers. It was such a pleasure to dig into this world. I look forward to more stories about Manhasset, or anywhere else for that matter, from this author!
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