Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir

Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir

by Steve Rushin
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Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a child of the 60s and 70s with 3 siblings and close knit neighborhood this walk down memory lane rekindled so many emotions I hope my grandchildren stay planted in same neighborhood to revel in the kinship of youth
Sandy5 11 months ago
I really enjoyed this novel. I enjoyed how the author took me back into the 70’s while he talked about his family and his life growing up. I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face as he brought up parts of my childhood, as he referenced his life in that era. The author’s style of replaying his life seemed effortless as the words flowed across the page. Steve was the middle child surrounded by brothers and one sister. His father worked outside the home while his mother stayed at home, which in itself is a fulltime job. Steve was a scared teen, his mind was always going to the worst-case scenario about planes, bugs, death, natural disasters and just about anything else. His fears made me laugh, as they sometimes tended to go to the extreme but I also believe it was how the author spoke about them, how he made it seem that he was actually speaking to me. The author was a lover of words, devouring everything that he could read. I loved how the author created his own word-play giving credit in part, to the television shows that started this. The author provides some actual photographs in the novel, pictures of himself and other individuals he spoke about in the novel. I enjoyed looking at these snapshots of the 1970’s, it really hit home the era he was referring to and they made the novel personable. As the author talks about the popularity of wood paneling, I had to laugh. From side panels on automobiles, wood-paneled furniture, to it being attached to walls, this hit home with me. Family vacations that he took brought back the adventure and the tests that were endured on these excursions. I loved all the references to the 70’s, things that have died down but still remain a part of us growing up in that generation. The commercials of this era (Libbys, Libbys, Libbys on the label, label, label), the new words that were created based on popular sayings and the musical puns that we knew by heart (On Top of Old Smokey to Beans, beans, the magical fruit), it’s amazing how these have passed away but just hearing the first words of them, I was singing the jingle. His reminiscing of his bread-bagged feet and the Hertz Donut was hilarious, these things I had completely forgot about. This novel was a terrific walk back in time for me and I can’t recommend it enough, it was more than I expected. “At age six, it only suggests to me that words exist to be stretched and kneaded like Silly Putty, the way a butterfly can flutter by.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having grown in Minneapolis a few years ahead of the author, this brought back a lot of fond memories. A must for anyone from the Twin Cities.
Ilovemister More than 1 year ago
Disappointed. It was overall boring. I skipped a lot of pages. There was pne line in the begining of the book was really funny but other than that not so much.
B-loNY More than 1 year ago
I confess, I haven't read this book yet, but anything written by Steve Rushin has success written all over it. Talented? Read one of his Sports Illustrated articles or previous books.