There's a twang in the telling of these boyhood reminiscences of life in a family of strict Methodists in Everett,...

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SHINNY ON YOUR OWN SIDE AND OTHER MEMORIES OF GROWING UP

There's a twang in the telling of these boyhood reminiscences of life in a family of strict Methodists in Everett, Washington, under Teddy Roosevelt's administration. Here is the lure of the roundhouse and of the Snohomish River -- and the scandal that rocked the town when Aunt April, who wore sachet and pretty petticoats, slid down the firepole. Interspersed in the episodic ramblings are occasional nuggets: the time when brother Curley, who wanted to be a cowpuncher, slept with a clock of wood between his knees to cultivate bowleggedness, and of dead sure Apocryphal predictions when the Rockies smoldered. This recreates the days when a small boy tossed into piles the stones from the Indian circles with occasional buffalo skulls and wondered what had happened to homesteader Mr. Gates and his friend, Chief Two Belly's niece. The regional appeal is sure-- the family moved to Montana and much of the material is set there -- but whether it will appeal to the audience of nostalgia reached by Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing -- is questionable. There is much ado about adolescent boys sniggering at sex and scared to death of girls.

Pub Date: Feb. 6, 1957

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1957