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Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316392235
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - July 3rd, 2017

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.

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American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631490514
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 11th, 2017

“American Fire” is an excellent summer vacation companion. It has all the elements of a lively crime procedural: courtroom drama, forensic trivia, toothsome gossip, vexed sex.

It also happens to be a very good portrait of a region in economic decline.

On Nov. 12, 2012, the firefighters of Accomack County in Virginia responded to the first of 67 fires in a five-month arson spree. The area was an easy target. The state’s Eastern Shore, a 70-mile-long exclamation point off the coast of Virginia Beach, is isolated and filled with abandoned houses, ripe for combustion.

It spoils nothing to say that a local auto mechanic named Charlie Smith ultimately claimed legal responsibility for the crimes. It’s part of the book’s jacket copy; Hesse covered his trial for The Washington Post. What’s suspenseful is how Smith got caught, and what’s mysterious is why he did it — and how his fiancée, Tonya Bundick, figured into this unsavory bacchanal.

The Stars Are Fire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385350907
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 18th, 2017