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.

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...

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...

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...

Walt rated it ★★★★☆

October 03, 2017

A very nostalgic trip through the 1960s, 70s, and even a bit of the 50s and 80s. Mr Rushin tosses out many product names, songs, toys, and a lot of behaviors from his childhood growing up in Minnesota. (So thorough are the names, I'm sure he looked up old catalogues and magazines.) If your life o...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

September 20, 2017

In the tradition of Bill Bryson's The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and Jean Shepherd's In God We Trust, Sports Illustrated journalist Steve Rushin takes on the 1970's. This is memoir writing at its finest, a collision of pop culture, history, and family life from Rushin's formative years...

Mike rated it ★★★★★

November 05, 2017

Who knew a 2-page history of the BiC pen could be so good? Ostensibly Sting-Ray Afternoons is a memoir by Steve Rushin, who made his fame writing for Sports Illustrated. But a Rushin memoir is about the time he grew up -- the 1970s and all the things people growing up in the 1970s grow up with. We...

Caren rated it ★★★★☆

September 01, 2017

While the author, born in 1966, is technically a Generation X kid, his experience is near enough to my own Boomer childhood to strike a note of nostalgia. If you were young in the 1970s, you will love this book. Mr. Rushin was one of five kids (1 girl and 4 boys, or , as he fondly recalls, "one r...

Fred rated it ★★★★★

September 08, 2017

This is a supremely enjoyable read for anyone who came of age in the 70s, or grew up in the chaos of a big family, or went to Catholic school, or had a bike and road it around town, or rooted for a losing sports team, or road in a station wagon on a family vacation or loved and feared your parent...

Kris rated it ★★★★★

September 30, 2017

As a child of the 70s who grew up in the Twin Cities - this memoir was a wonderful reliving of a carefree childhood spent praying for snow days, thawing out in the warming house, bat days at Met Stadium, and remembering the numerous yardsticks stacked in our garage emblazoned with logos from loca...

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