In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash

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Crown/Archetype, Oct 27, 2010 - Fiction - 272 pages
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A 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, Shepherd's 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 World's Fair, Shepherd's 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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User Review  - auntieknickers - LibraryThing

This hilarious memoir of Jean Shepherd's childhood became the nucleus of the beloved film A Christmas Story. But there's even more in the book about Ralphie and Randy, the infamous Flick, and many other denizens of Shepherd's neighborhood. Don't miss it. Read full review

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User Review  - Darin D. - Overstock.com

Excellent Book If you saw the Christmas story this is were the move came for but much more in depth ! youll enjoy it ! Read full review

Contents

WE MEET FLICK THE FRIENDLY BARTENDER
15
DUEL IN THE SNOW OT RED RYDER NAILS
21
FLICK FAILS TO RECALL AN OLD SONG
58
FLICK OFFERS ME HARD LIQUOR
66
INTRODUCE FLICK TO THE ART WORLD
81
FLICK IvIAKES AN ARTISTIC IUDGMENT
102
FLICK DREDGES UP A NOTORIOUS SON OF
110
STRUCK BACK
124
1O Contents
145
WE HAVE Two SMALL vrsrrons
154
ENTER FRIENDLY FRED
169
HYPODERMIC NEEDLE
197
POLKA TIME
218
THE POSSE RIDES AGAIN
232
THE DAY SHIFT DROPS BY FOR A BELT
262
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About the author (2010)

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 the Turner Network. He died in October 1999 near his home on Sanibel Island, Florida.


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