Wanda Hickeys Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters by Jean ShepherdA bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana, reissued in a strikingly designed trade paperback edition.
Before Garrison Keillor and Spalding Gray there was Jean Shepherd: a master monologist and writer who spun the materials of his all-American childhood into immensely resonant--and utterly hilarious--works of comic art.
Wanda Hickeys Night of Golden Memories is a universal (and achingly funny) orchestration of Midwestern puberty rites, from the gut-wrenching playground antics of one Delbert Bumpus, to the supernal glow surrounding unapproachable high school beauty Daphne Bigelow, to the memorable disaster that was Shepherds (and everyone elses) junior prom.
A comic genius who bridges the gap between James Thurber and David Sedaris, Shepherd may have accomplished for Holden, Indiana, what Mark Twain did for Hannibal, Missouri.
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Thank you! Radio-TV personality Jean Shepherd -- who when on mike lays it out with hoarse, fraught whispers of excitement -- has been in the nostalgia biz long before the current infatuation with the '30's and '40's; and his sorties into an Indiana boyhood, with essentially the same persona as in In God We Trust All Others Pay Cash , are still hilarious, tender and rooted in copacetic recognitions. Newcomers would be advised that Hohman, Indiana, was Heartland, ""nestled. The title story, which tells of the Junior Prom with constricting rented garments, gleaming girls and the high point of a bourbon-induced vomitin, is pretty funny. Shepherd also matches its frenzied hyperbole in others about a day at the State Fair, a Jukes horde next door, a sudden death top contest, two unnerving dates and an annual vacation trip. These stories appeared in Playboy and with Shepherd's continuing and new audience via a NET series there will be a substantial readership, once more raising the flag at Hudson High.
Look Inside. Oct 01, ISBN May 12, ISBN A bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana and the basis of the movie A Christmas Story. Before Garrison Keillor and Spalding Gray there was Jean Shepherd: a master monologist and writer who spun the materials of his all-American childhood into immensely resonant—and utterly hilarious—works of comic art. For many years a cult radio and cabaret personality in New York City, Jean Shepherd was the creator of the popular film A Christmas Story, which is based in part on this book and has become a holiday tradition on… More about Jean Shepherd. Category: Fiction Category: Fiction.
The Junior Prom is the event of the year, and the narrator knows that as a member of the human race he is required to participate in the ritualistic rite of passage from childhood to adulthood. Such rites are set and difficult and practiced today as much as they have been in as far away a place as Micronesia. When asked by Flick and Schwartz, the narrator tells them he plans to ask Daphne Bigelow. The matter of the prom is considered by the narrator's entire family. The Old Man believes one's prom date can somehow foretell one's future Browse all BookRags Study Guides.