Sting-Ray Afternoons by Steve Rushin

Sting-Ray Afternoons

By Steve Rushin

  • Release Date: 2017-07-03
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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ONE OF AMAZON'S BEST BOOKS OF 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.


  • Absolute gem of a look-back to growing up in the 70's

    By Revver
    Mr. Rushin has captured the life's experiences of growing up in a Midwestern city in the 70's. While it doesn't hurt to be nearly identical in age to the author, the words he uses evoke the sights, smells, and feels of going from 5 to 15 years old at a time before cable tv, when party lines and Pledged tables were the norm. Great book!
  • Sting-Ray Afternoons

    By John in Saint Paul
    I grew up in "prestgious west Bloomington", and attended Lincoln H.S. (a Class of '79 graduate along with Jim Rushin). Steve's book brings back vivid memories of my own childhood. Everything connects for me; there was just so much that sounded exactly like my own 1970's household. Watergate, Carol Burnett, North Stars and Met Stadium. The stories are well-told and Steve brings his famous word-crafting to life, always with great humor. Thanks Steve!