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A terrific trip back to the 1970s. A feel-good memoir that will instantly transport readers back to a time before cell phones, tweets and texting, when a kid could be carefree with no helicopter parents hovering around. It’s clear Steve Rushin thoroughly enjoyed recollecting his Midwestern youth – including the TV shows, fads and toys of the day- in this funny and sweet book. Along the way, he takes readers for a ride to a simpler time that most will undoubtedly long for, complete with a very close-knit, loving family. - Meg
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.