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From award-winning journalist David Kushner, a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and other premier magazines, Alligator Candy is a reported memoir about family, survival, and the unwavering power of love.

David Kushner grew up in the early 1970s in the Florida suburbs. It was when kids still ran free, riding bikes and disappearing into the nearby woods for hours at a time. One morning in 1973, however, everything changed. David's older brother Jon biked through the forest to the convenience store for candy, and never returned.

Every life has a defining moment, a single act that charts the course we take and determines who we become. For Kushner, it was Jon's disappearance - a tragedy that shocked his family and the community at large. Decades later, now a grown man with kids of his own, Kushner found himself unsatisfied with his own memories and decided to revisit the episode a different way: through the eyes of a reporter. His investigation brought him back to the places and people he once knew and slowly made him realize just how much his past had affected his present. After sifting through hundreds of documents and reports, conducting dozens of interviews, and poring over numerous firsthand accounts, he has produced a powerful and inspiring story of loss, perseverance, and memory. Alligator Candy is searing and unforgettable.

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excellent

through the story is similar to other missing children stories. the similarities stop there. in the telling of his brothers missing and murder at age 11, author only 4yrs old at the time in 1973. the author shares a survival of grief and suffering that could be made into a universal model for anyone dealing w grief. i place on equal footing as MANS SEARCH FOR MEANING but for laymen. a beautiful example of Victor Frankels model in action. plus so much more. Beatifully written, even poetic at times. pinchot as narrator brings David Kushners srory to life. adding emotion when needed. it sounds so authentic, the listener questions "maybe pinchot did become emotional when narrating?". this is one man's personal struggle that includes his family's societies ,community and spirituality.. one book that needs to be listened to rather than read.

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Wow!

I live in St Petersburg Fl. We moved here in 1970 when I was 9 years old. John and I were close in age.
I felt every word, your anger, your sadness, your disbelief, your magical thinking. I do remember when John went missing...or at least I think I do.
Your story of loss had me held, I could barely move. Thinking about the pain your family endured is so sad. I'm sorry.
The reader is the best I've ever listened to.
Thank you for sharing.

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  • jwmnatl
  • Atlanta, GA United States
  • 05-20-17

Five Stars

This was a personal story for me as well. I grew up on the other side of Carrollwood from the Kushner family, I was 8 years old when Jonathan disappeared. I did not go trick or treating that Halloween. I am glad David did. All of us heard the stories of the arrows and of the jars. I did not know Jonathan or the Kushner family, but I never forgot them.

"Enjoy" does not seem to be the appropriate word to use, but David's writing brought a smile to my face with the shared memories from my childhood: Shakey's Pizza, kumquat chucking, paper trees, and the Rowdies. His research and openness to share cleared up the rumors, answered lingering questions about the murder, but more importantly, raised even deeper societal questions. Well done, David, You did all of your family proud.

I would recommend this book to anyone even those not familiar with the case.Bronson Pinchot did a phenomenal job with his narration.

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Intense story

This was the true story of a family whose son was kidnapped and killed, and the younger brother left behind tells of his brother, their family, the crime, and how they cope with their loss. Very well written with a nice tribute to his brother. You get to know them well . Not a graphic story, the author is able to skip that part without going into detail, but he would have been so young at the time, he may not have understood all that happened. Good book for true crime or memoir fans.