In God We Trust

In God We Trust

All Others Pay Cash

Book - 1991
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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1991
ISBN: 9780385021746
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHEPHERD
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 05, 2018

Jean Shepherd, an American storyteller and radio/TV personality from 1945 through the 1990s, wrote this book based on his growing up years in Hammond, Indiana during the Great Depression. He's returned to town, after many years in New York City, for a short-term assignment. When he steps into Flick's Tavern, he runs into his old pal who's now running the bar owned by his father. The chapters alternate between the present and childhood reminiscences. Written in a style that has echoes of Mark Twain, Garrison Keillor, and David Sedaris, the reader is transported to a childhood that my mom and dad experienced. The book was later made into two movies, A Christmas Story (which has become wildly popular) and A Summer Story (which was made later with different actors). After seeing both movies, most of the author's childhood exploits are now on film.


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