- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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MANHASSET STORIES: A Baby Boomer Looks Back Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rosenwasser captures life in the North Shore towns of Long Island as they were in the sixties and seventies......towns that grew up along with baby boomers. Read morePublished 15 months ago by littlelaura
This delightful book reminded me of the innocence and humor of Booth Tarkington's "Seventeen". Indeed, previous generations read "look back books " and were often nostalgic for... Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Carol Cassidy
Can you distinctly remember and describe the drab interior wall colors of St. Mary's elementary school, "the Jaffee experience" with our parents, and Plandome road life... Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Jack Dishinger
It seemed to be witten badly, I could not relate to the book. I thin the writing misses its markPublished on December 27, 2012 by Barbara Miller
Being a Baby Boomer, but not from Long Island, I just did not see what the big deal was with the high ratings of this book. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I laughed out loud at times reading this book. If you grew up in the 50's / 60's most likely you can relate to the stories in this book. Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by Megs
If you miss the days when people didn't have to lock their doors, when kids were free to roam and explore, and when life was without the constant interruptions of cell phones,... Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by John J
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