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Three Books to Get You Through the Beginning of Fall

A memoir of a 1970's childhood and more


Sting-Ray Afternoons

Sports writer Steve Rushin gained fame as a writer for Sports Illustrated, but his latest is a memoir of his childhood in Bloomington Minnesota. Named for the stingray, the quintessential “it” bike of the 1970s, Rushin takes readers through a journey of a childhood spent in suburbia. Rushin, a middle child, looks back at his younger years fondly; his father was a traveling eight-track tape salesman, while his stay-at-home mother held down the fort, rearing four rambunctious boys and one daughter. Things falter a bit when the author takes detours from the heart of the story giving unnecessary history on relics of the decade. He sheds light on the normalcy and absurdity of the decade by evoking the kitsch and nostalgia of anything from Romper Stomper toys, to The Johnny Carson Show, along with amusing anecdotes from his parents.

Sting-Ray Afternoons by Steve Rushin  is available at Amazon.com for RMB88. 


The Big Buddha Bicycle Race

This novel chronicles the Vietnam War from the perspective of  Brendan Leary, a college graduate who decides to enlist in the air force in lieu of being drafted into the army. The protagonist hopes that the G.I. bill will get him one step closer to his aspirations of being a famous war photographer, and his dream school University of Southern California. Leary instead finds himself stationed in Thailand, not Vietnam, immersed in an illegal military mission. Shenanigans ensue, including an obligatory romance and of course the titular bike race between the local Thai and the stationed soldiers, that despite good intentions, turns out to be anything but harmonious.   

The Big Buddha Bicycle Race by Terence  A. Harkin is available at Amazon.com for RMB94.


I Can’t Make This Up  

In his debut memoir, Kevin Hart invites audiences once again to laugh at his pain. Hart, an “oops baby,” details the good and bad part of his life, while simultaneously delving out his keys to success.  With his humorous but self-deprecating tone, he writes about his struggles with a drug-addicted father, and life under the thumb of his loving but no-nonsense mother, who kept him busy with extracurricular activities so he didn’t fall victim to the streets, like his older brother. From the book, readers find out where he got his passion and work ethic (his mother), his sense of humor (his father) and how he learned to cope with everyday life by injecting humor into the mundane. After high school, Hart found himself employed at a shoe store. Cracking jokes on the job to make the time go by, he was urged by co-workers to enter a local open mic comedy night and the rest is history. Other topics include the breakdown of his marriage to first wife Torrei, details of his climb up the Hollywood ladder and tips on how he’s used the hard knock lessons of his life to his advantage career-wise.   

I Can’t Make This Up  by Kevin Hart is available at Amazon.com for RMB88.

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