We all have moments where we wish to go back in time and savor a friendship, a special event or our first love.
In this delightful book about coming of age in Downey, California, the author, called Billy in the 1950s, re-creates his unique childhood. For instance, halfway up the block was a magical tree. To an adult, it may have appeared ordinary, but its branches were a refuge where Billy pondered the trials of boyhood. There, like butterflies waltzing on the summer breeze, he fell in love with ten-year-old Patty.
In the backyard of his friend, Dave, they dug World War I trenches, grew corn so high they couldn’t see over it, and plied their imaginations to convert their shack into a pirate ship or general store.
Dave and Billy were also serious cowboys, replete with cap pistols slung from both hips, ten-gallon hats resting on their ears, and Winchester rifles carved from scrap wood.
Relive the magic of being a youngster struggling toward maturity with the whimsical, funny, and occasionally philosophical stories lurking in Zerbo Health Remover and other childhood reminiscences.
W. L. Lyons III
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 stars. This is a compilation of autobiographical short stories set in the author's childhood. Vivid and poetically told yarns with a familiarity to anyone who grew up before the era of satellite TV and video games. I picked up this book over the course of the summer to read a "tale or two" at a time, and enjoyed the beautifully turned phrases and nostalgia for the adventures of youth.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Each chapter is a short reminder of the joy life can be even if it didn't seem so at the time. Don't rush reading it. Savor it one chapter at a time.
Mr. Lyons is able to relive his youth - and that of so many people his age - through his wonderful tales. Two thumbs up.
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