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A wild and bittersweet memoir of a classic '70s childhood.

It's a story of the 1970s. Of a road trip in a wood-paneled station wagon, with the kids in the way-back, singing along to the Steve Miller Band. Brothers waking up early on Saturday mornings for five consecutive hours of cartoons and advertising jingles that they'll be humming all day. A father - one of 3M's greatest and last eight-track-salesman fathers - traveling across the country on the brand-new Boeing 747, providing for his family but wanting nothing more than to get home.

It's Steve Rushin's story: of growing up within a '70s landscape populated with Bic pens, Mr. Clean and Scrubbing Bubbles, lightsabers, and those oh-so-coveted Schwinn Sting-Ray bikes. Sting-Ray Afternoons paints an utterly fond, psychedelically vibrant, laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of an exuberant decade. With sidesplitting commentary, Rushin creates a vivid picture of a decade of wild youth, cultural rebirth, and the meaning of parental, brotherly, sisterly, whole lotta love.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Steve Rushin (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Nostalgic--A Compendium of Throwbacks!

If you were born in the fifties or sixties, you might enjoy this review of all the trivia you grew up with. It will bring make memories, and remind you how far we've come, for better or worse. Find a spot in your backyard and settle in for an enjoyable ride back to your past. It seems a lot of our lives across America during this time were extremely similar, despite no Internet and limited television. Uncanny, actually. I could relate to everything in this book despite growing up in a different state.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Perfect narration, too.

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Uneven, quirky, nostalgic, heartfelt

This book was really all over the road for me...the hyper attention to period brands, the rhythm of the narrator...I almost quit the book several times in annoyance. But at some point I decided to forge ahead and eventually the book settled into an actual memoir and not just an infomercial for period products and norms.

It seems a bit odd that the author, now over 50, can manage to recall, in moment to moment detail, events from when he was six to around 14. But it was great to read about a family with both the usual sibling rivalries but also lovingly crafted portraits of his parents. I think this book is both a love letter to his parents, and to the period he grew up in...from Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, to Sting-Ray bikes, to the Mary Tyler Moore show, it’s all in there.

Both the book and the narrator grew on me, and I came to enjoy the book quite a bit after an initially rocky start. If you read the book, be sure to check out the PDF...the old photos are fun.

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  • S A
  • Portland, OR USA
  • 10-30-17

Trying to be like A Christmas Story

I felt like the author was shooting for the same feeling that Jean Shepherd created in A Christmas Story, but it falls short.
I grew up in the same time period the author writes about and could relate on some levels, but it didn't engender the same feelings.
There is a bit too much attention paid to commercials and other media to the point it becomes distracting.
Overall it was a pleasant effort and I don't regret listening.

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Funny book about life growing up in the 50’s and 60’s until now.

Funny, reminiscent of a time gone by, when life was simpler. The story of a family with children growing up
In the 50’s and 60’s until now. Siblings with conservative parents who are raising the family during this iconic time. I found myself laughing out loud remembering things similar from my youth. Enjoy!

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Memory Lane

I loved listening to this book. Having grown up in the '70s, so many of the author's references, particularly to the day-to-day life of a kid in that time, were so fun and brought back memories. Poignant moments peppered with laugh out loud comments - highly recommend.

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Amazing journey back to my own childhood in Bloomington!!

I want to thank this author for making Bloomington come alive again! My time there was my most favorite time of my whole childhood. Coincidentally- my family also relocated from Illinois to Bloomington, my brother was born in 66, my dad worked and traveled for 3M, we drove an Impala!, I went to Hubert Olson and would’ve gone to Jefferson HS but we were transferred to Texas. It was a total blast hearing all the rhymes and rhythms of the 70s ads, the names of all the places we frequented and the television shows we watched and the sports teams we loved- and still love! I loved your story and am so grateful you became a writer. Thank you!!!

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enjoyable book

it brought me back...relived some memories. Good book....some interesting facts I Didn't know. laughed out loud at times

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  • Mark B
  • Denver, Colorado
  • 02-24-18

Brought me back to my childhood!

I had so much in common with the narrator/ author that I started wondering how he captured my memories.

I waited to review this book, because I wanted to do it justice. If you grew up in the ‘70’s, you will love this book I was age 2-11 in the ‘70’s and the author was just a little older. If you are from Minnesota you will also appreciate it (I’m not!)

Great credit purchase.

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My only complaint

The narrator mispronounces Edina. :(. It’s E Dine A...not E Deen A. A wonderful nostalgic trip!

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Many memories brought to life

Very effectively brought my thoughts back to my earlier years. Although I was born 8 years before Mr Rushin, I experienced many of the same things he did. The book made me realize how little really changed in those magical years of childhood/teen years, it was not until the 1980's that life, childhood, and the world began to change by leaps and bounds, mostly not for the better. Even with our age difference, we both either had, or wanted, the same things, enjoying life in a close knit neighborhood, expected home when the street lights came on. The perfect book, save for the constant quotations of too many complete commercials, and several other lists. Overall, highly recommend it, especially for anyone growing up in the 60's and 70's, the truly golden age.