Sting-ray Afternoons

Sting-ray Afternoons

A Memoir

eBook - 2017
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"Funny, elegiac... a remarkably sunny coming-of-age story about growing up in a Midwest world." --- NPR
This is 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. Of brothers waking up early on Saturday mornings for five consecutive hours of cartoons. Of growing up in a magical era populated by Bic pens, Mr. Clean and Scrubbing Bubbles, lightsabers and those oh-so-coveted Schwinn Sting-Ray bikes. And of a father--one of 3M's greatest and last eight-track salesmen--traveling across the country on the brand-new Boeing 747, providing for his family but wanting nothing more than to get home.
In Sting-Ray Afternoons, Steve Rushin paints an utterly nostalgic, psychedelically vibrant portrait of a decade overflowing with technological evolution, cultural revolution, as well as brotherly, sisterly, and parental love.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, and Company, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316392228
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Feb 28, 2018

An entertaining book, especially if you were a pre-teen or teen in the 70s. Even more so if you lived in Minnesota. If your active vocabulary still contains "banana seat" and "sissy bar" then you'll love this book. There are multiple levels to this book. The author's development into a wordsmith, the family's evolution, and especially the father's career and life. Please take the time to enjoy this book.

archreads Jan 22, 2018

This is a fun and spot-on memoir of growing up in the 70's. I enjoyed it so much I bought a copy for my Sting Ray riding brother.

PimaLib_NormS Dec 13, 2017

“So, have you read any good books lately”?

“Really? Can’t even say, ‘Hi, how are you? How have you been?'"

“Sorry. Hi, how are you? How have you been? Read any good books lately, Bozo?”

“My, my, somebody’s kind of grumpy today. Anyway, to answer your question, I just finished an interesting slice of suburban Middle American life called, “Sting-Ray Afternoons” by Steve Rushin, whom you might recognize as a writer for Sports Illustrated. It’s a memoir, focusing on growing up in the 70’s, in Bloomington, Minnesota. “Sting-Ray Afternoons” is filled with amusing anecdotes about Rushin’s childhood, but just be aware, he has to have gotten some kind of sponsorship deal because he mentions the brand names of just about everything he can remember from those days. Man, whatever it is, he slips in that brand name or commercial jingle or catchphrase.”

“Isn’t that kind of distracting?”

“No, not really. Well, maybe a little at first. He got me going down memory lane, though, remembering things that I haven’t thought about in years.”

“For example?”

“Do you remember candy cigarettes? You know, candy or bubble gum rolled into a little cylinder, and wrapped in paper to make it look like a real cigarette? So that you could pretend to be a grown-up with a cig dangling from your lips?”

“No, I don’t remember that, but, wow, that’s kind of disgusting.”

“Well, that’s the way it was back then. Nobody knew any better, which could be said about a lot of the 70’s, I guess. Anyway, “Sting-Ray Afternoons” was a fun read, and I would recommend it.”

“Okay, great, thanks for the tip, Bozo.”

Nov 19, 2017

Born in Buffalo NY 1966. A great walk down memory lane. Rushin is an expert wordsmith. I was compelled to turn every page and wished there were more. Laughed out loud and gave the book to my older brothers to read.

Sep 21, 2017

If you grew up in the Midwest in the 70's, this is a fabulous must-read. Hilarious and heart-warming.

Sep 07, 2017

Steve Rushin was a much anticipated "Point After" writer for Sports Illustrated before ending that gig to write on other topics. While I miss him in S I, I'm gladly blazing through his memoir of 1970's suburban boyhood. He is witty and alliterative in this fun-tastic memoir of family life in the sports-obsessed Midwest. Not necessary to be a sports fan to enjoy this read by an award-winning sportswriter, but remembering the 70's will make it all the sweeter.

Aug 09, 2017

Great memoir of growing up in the 70s including a plethora of pop culture references and a dash of humor!


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