Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters

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Crown/Archetype, May 12, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
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A 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 Hickey's 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 Shepherd's (and everyone else's) 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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User Review  - bookappeal - LibraryThing

Jean Shepherd's stories are undeniably funny and he's a master of vividly describing the life of a kid growing up in the Midwest in the 30s but they're best taken in small doses. Together, they can ... Read full review

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User Review  - raizel - LibraryThing

Jean Shepherd had a radio show on WOR in New York City every night in the early 1960s in which he talked for a half hour about life and his childhood. The stories in this book were originally ... Read full review

Contents

County Fair
55
Scut Farkas and the Murderous Mariah
95
Ollie Hopnoodles Haven of Bliss 121
144
The Starcrossed Romance
161
Daphne Bigelow and the Spinechilling Saga
217
Wanda Hickeys Night of Golden Memories 297
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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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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