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- Print Length: 144 pages
- Publication Date: July 12, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002H9XTWI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
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Mr. Chambers has opened a time capsule, of sorts, that is as fresh and innocent today as it was in 1955. He allows the rest of us to be a fly on the wall as he strolls through a simpler time, when war was a cataclysmic explosion in history rather than a generational inheritance. A world where the children all rushed to Christmas trees that hovered over Hula Hoops and Frisbees, Erector Sets, Davy Crockett slippers. We were first turned on to science by Mr. Wizard, or our first microscope. It's all here, neatly folded and pressed.
As a fellow Baby Boomer, this book visits the street where I lived. Chambers writes about kids and school, arts and entertainment, shopping, politics, culture and the foods of the 1950's. The book is sometimes very funny, like when Chambers recalls that his school didn't need the armed security guards and metal detectors of today "because our enemies were already inside the school - the principal and the teachers." From scene to scene, I found myself caught up in images that Norman Rockwell could have painted. But Chambers uses his "canvas" as a window, as well as a mirror.
He allows for the real struggle, confusion and fear of the times. What child was not made to feel tiny in the Cold War era of bomb shelters and Apocalyptic threats?Read more ›
So many words and phrases elicited a reflexive warm-and-fuzzy nostalgic grin -- The Weekly Reader; View Master; filling up your S&H Green Stamp book; Peanut Butter Logs. Even wince-inducing memories -- Cod Liver Oil, anyone? - brought a laugh, due to Mr. Chambers' hilarious description of being subjected to that indignity. At least we could get rid of the foul taste by licking the ice cream off the dasher of the old wooden churn!
"Recollections" perfectly blends paying homage to those little day-to-day rituals with a larger-scale examination of social issues and mores of the times. And it's equally entertaining on either level.
The book is neatly divided into 12 independent chapters, noted above, so for the reader short on time, it would be easy just to pick a topic of interest and dive in. I can guarantee you, though -- that chapter is going to make you hungry for more. The engaging, conversational style of this book made it very difficult to put down. And it was almost like a treasure hunt -- as I'd be reading an account of popular candies or toys of the day, I'd think of one myself and eagerly wait to see if it was mentioned. Unfailingly, it was. I thought I had caught an omission once when I found no reference to the intoxicating smell of a fresh mimeograph in the "School" section -- but not to worry, it was there in the subsequent chapter on "Gadgets and Gizmos.Read more ›
Chambers' memories match my own closely, although I am almost ten years older and spent the 1950s in a suburb of Washington, D.C., and in college in Connecticut. Clearly, he supplemented his recollections with a lot of research into popular culture: family life, entertainment, schooling, food, and so on, and put that research to good use. Speaking as a professional historian, I must say that I found no major and only a few minor issues over which to quibble in this book. For example, early on, Chambers regards the Korean War as fought in 1951 in South Korea, whereas in fact it lasted from 1950 to 1953 (as he later acknowledges), and involved fighting largely in North Korea as well as in the South.
In the larger sense, some readers might prefer to read more about the 1950s' darker side, as, for instance, the economic troubles of the recession years, 1954 and 1957-58. It was a much maligned decade, and often justly so. Granted, Chambers does mention such problems as racial segregation, and other, less Norman Rockwell-like aspects of the time. Should he have dwelt more on such matters? It depends on his intent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although I'm a child of the 60's, I see that a lot of the 50's culture trickled down to my childhood as well! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Although Jim is five years older than me, his experiences very closely paralleled mine. Growing up in a small town in northeast Georgia, we had many relatives in the Atlanta area. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JB in SC
I honestly adored this book, and just purchased a copy for an older brother. I was born in 1954 but Jim's recollections are still mine as well. Read morePublished 7 months ago by CorgiGirl
Rather than try to turn a review into a novel itself, let me just suggest you do yourself a very big favor and just get this honest, funny, and sentimental book for a chance to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Inquisitor
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I remember so much from growing up in the baby boomer years that was talked about in this book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Patty
I found 'Recollections: A Baby Boomer's Memories of the Fabulous Fifties' a good and amusing read. I enjoyed reading about things I had forgotten.Published 16 months ago by Stud Muffin
This book is a nice bit of nostalgia for us children of the 50s. It's especially nice for those whose are familiar with the Atlanta area. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bro Rich
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