A bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana and the basis of the movie A Christmas Story.
“Mr. Shepherd has the true satirist’s grip on his pen: he is humorous, sympathetic,and ironic all at once.”—Boston Globe
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 represents one of the peaks of his achievement, a compound of irony, affection, and perfect detail that speaks across generations.
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 and the almighty sacrifice of the Easter ham, to taffy-apple binges at the state fair and the supernatural glow surrounding unapproachable high school beauty Daphne Bigelow, to the memorable disaster that was Shepherd’s (and everyone else’s) junior prom—these are some of the archetypal legends of childhood that Shepherd evokes from his nostalgic Indiana muse.
A timeless and enduring classic, Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories captures the sweet cacophonous roar of youth tempered with the wit and honesty of a grown boy
Great book, iBook version features grammatical and spelling errors
As usual Jean Shepherd's tongue-in-cheek wit shines through as he recollects the trials and tribulations of growing up in Hohman, Indiana. However the iBook edition was rife with spelling and grammatical errors. While this didn't ruin the experience it did distract from such an otherwise excellent read.
Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories
More a correction than a review.
Shepard is from Hammond Indiana not Holden Indiana.