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Sting-Ray Afternoons

Sting-Ray Afternoons

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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.

Title:Sting-Ray Afternoons
ISBN:0316392235
Format Type:
Number of Pages:336 pages
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    Sting-Ray Afternoons Reviews

  • Sara

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

  • Scott

    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 variou...

  • Nancy Joseph Petermann

    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 "b...

  • Jeff

    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 n...

  • Frank

    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...

  • Donna

    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 yout...

  • Ann Frost

    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...

  • Miriam Ring

    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 Northrup

    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...

  • Gina

    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 d...