In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean ShepherdA beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana, reissued in a strikingly designed 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. In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash represents one of the peaks of his achievement, a compound of irony, affection, and perfect detail that speaks across generations.
In God We Trust, Shepherds wildly witty reunion with his Indiana hometown, disproves the adage You can never go back. Bending the ear of Flick, his childhood-buddy-turned-bartender, Shepherd recalls passionately his genuine Red Ryder BB gun, confesses adolescent failure in the arms of Junie Jo Prewitt, and relives a story of man against fish that not even Hemingway could rival. From pop art to the Worlds Fair, Shepherds subjects speak with a universal irony and are deeply and unabashedly grounded in American Midwestern life, together rendering a wonderfully nostalgic impression of a more innocent era when life was good, fun was clean, and station wagons roamed the earth.
A comic genius who bridged 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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The Yale Book of Quotations , which has annotations explicating the origins of many of the most famous quotations, says the following:. In God we trust. Chase , Letter to James Pollock , Dec.
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Dear Quote Investigator: Today credit cards are commonplace in the U. Occasionally, reluctant businesses displayed a humorous sign:. Its prominence grew when it appeared on the two-cent piece in The sign twisted this well-known expression. Would you please examine the history of this saying?