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.
"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.
About the Author
Steve Rushin is a writer for Sports Illustrated and the 2006 National Sportswriter of the Year. He is the author of four nonfiction books and a novel. His work has been collected in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Magazine Writing anthologies. He lives in Connecticut.