Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir by Steve Rushin

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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.

Title : Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir
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ISBN : 0316392235
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Sara rated it ★★★★☆

July 26, 2017

How could so many of us have the same childhood? Fun, fun book.

Scott rated it ★★★★★

July 28, 2017

A perfect read for the summer, but also just a very entertaining Generation-X memoir. Like the Nine Mile Creek referenced by the author, the ambient 70's nostalgia flows steadily throughout his various anecdotes. Nicely detailed, occasionally bittersweet, and often funny - highly recommended if y...

Nancy rated it ★★★★★

May 24, 2017

This book was great. Every single chapter reminded me of growing up with my three brothers. I loved all of the references to the items of the 60's, 70's and even the 80's. From the "8-track" to the "boom-box". This is a must read for anyone that grew up in that era. I am sending the book on to so...

Jeff rated it ★★★★☆

July 31, 2017

Rushin's got a few years on me and we grew up hundreds of miles apart, but reading "Sting-Ray Afternoons" was still one long, delightful rush of memories from my childhood. The book's more than just nostalgia for a bygone pop culture era, though: it's a loose historical overview, a coming-of-age...

Frank rated it ★★★★☆

August 16, 2017

An excellent memoir and a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Growing up in the suburbs during the 1970s the author and I shared some uncannily similar experiences. My family also consisted of 4 boys and a girl (we were called the boysies, instead of the boys). My mom also sang corny songs while get...

Donna rated it ★★★★★

July 11, 2017

What a fantastic ride down memory lane! This book spoke to me on many different levels, as I am seven years older than the author. I laughed out loud and at times cried. This book brought back my youth for a couple of days. When a book makes you feel things and does a great job of bringing back y...

Ann rated it ★★★★☆

July 09, 2017

This was an awesome book! Even though Steve is 4 years younger than I am (thus, you should read this book, Rob Hughes) and he grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota and not in Vancouver, BC, this memoir of his childhood resonated nonetheless. Everything from Sesame Street, to saying "Fruit Float" fast...

Miriam rated it ★★★★★

August 05, 2017

If you grew up in the '70's, this book will take you back to your childhood! Entertaining and fun, this book was a perfect summer read.

Nicole rated it ★★★★★

August 01, 2017

I LOVED this book. If you were born in the 60's and grew up in the suburban 70's, Steve Rushin has nailed this experience. It was a story filled with warmth, tenderness,and love for his large Catholic family and his hometown. I listened on Audible and was sad to hear it end.

Gina rated it ★★★★★

August 09, 2017

Simultaneously nostalgic and informative, this memoir by sports writer Steve Rushin is complete joy. Stuffed with impressive minutae, historical context, and witty descriptions, Sting-Ray Afternoons details the 70s childhood of a white, upper class Minnesotan Catholic boy, the middle child of fiv...

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