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Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir Paperback – July 17, 2018
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"If you existed in the 1970s and had any awareness of the world around you, Steve Rushin's Sting-Ray Afternoons is going to hit you like the smell of Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo. Smart as heck, laugh out loud funny and warm, Steve Rushin does for 1970s childhoods what Jean Shepherd did for 1940s Christmas. This book is nothing short of a Nadia Comenici Perfect 10."―Julie Klam, author of The Stars in Our Eyes and the New York Times bestseller You Had Me at Woof
"Steve Rushin's Sting Ray Afternoons is a fun and often hilarious account of growing up in the midwest in the 1970s. Throughout the book I was pleasantly reminded of things from my own past-Rushin revisits the TV shows, the toys, the games of the era while telling his family's own story. Sting Ray Afternoon captures both the freedom of youth and the universal longing for experience in a bigger, more adult world. If you grew up in the 1970s, prepare to have your memory triggered."―Craig Finn, songwriter and guitarist, The Hold Steady
"Charming and heartfelt, hilarious and touching, Rushin's Sting-Ray Afternoons is a pitch-perfect portrait of growing up in middle America during the Brady Bunch era. A gem of a memoir, a tribute to family, and a delectable slice of American history."―Nina Sankovitch, author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair and The Lowells of Massachusetts
"[Rushin's] childhood, from the ages of 3 to 13, was perfectly encapsulated in the 1970s, and he celebrates the excesses and excitement of the decade with ardor.... Rushin's everykid upbringing and the touchstones of childhood he recounts make Sting-Ray Afternoons a fun-filled and charming trip."―Booklist
"In his funny, elegiac memoir Sting-Ray Afternoons, Rushin mines...ineffably familiar terrain with a sense of irony and deep affection, working hard to capture the look and feel of the 1970s...Much of what Rushin writes about - the Sears Christmas Wish Book, leaded gasoline, Johnny Carson's many vacations - will strike a chord with anyone who, like me, grew up in that era. What makes the book more than just late-baby-boomer nostalgia is the writing, which is knowing and funny."―Jim Zarroli, NPR
"Rushin's takes on artificially colored culture are laced equally with humor and affection, and he captures both the wonder and fear at the tipping point between childhood and adolescence. Sting-Ray Afternoons is the best kind of nostalgia: celebratory yet clear-eyed, wistful but not overly sentimental."―Amazon's Omnivoracious Blog
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"One of the most electrifying, powerful, simply spectacular memoirs I—or you— have ever read." —Augusten Burroughs Learn more
- Publisher : Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (July 17, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316392251
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316392259
- Item Weight : 11.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #145,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The sports allegiances, the agony of defeat, the favorite players, the moments with my Dad...he captured all of those. I have to add I am extremely proud of the author when he writes about his Mom coming in as the substitute teacher and describes his armpit as "flagrant" eschewing (must have killed him to do so), the more Rushinesque "flagrant, fragrant armpit."
Sting-Ray Afternoons celebrates the wonder of the Sear’s Wish Book Christmas catalog, the sweeping station wagon-mania that filled family garages and interstates for a decade, the rise of shopping mall culture, the popularity of various must-see television programs so many of us eagerly awaited each week of our childhood then discussed at school the next day, and similar elements, including Schwinn’s runaway best-selling bicycle, the Sting-Ray. Although Rushin uses sports news and events to highlight important moments and life stages, you need not be a sports fan to enjoy this memoir. Rushin’s travelogue, Road Swing, is another example of his considerable capacity to leverage sports when exploring life’s more impacting components.