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In God We Trust : All Others Pay Cash (72 Edition)


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ISBN13: 9780385021746
ISBN10: 0385021747
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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.

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Deek Rivers, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by Deek Rivers)
Jean Shepherd was the narrator and inspiration behind the holiday staple, "A Christmas Story." But that's just one of the many tales in this collection told by a middle-aged guy in the 1960's looking back on his Depression-era Indiana boyhood and the characters in his small town. Shepherd was a great radio storyteller in real life, some of his airchecks and recordings are still around the Internet if you look here and there, and this book reflects that sense of kid-like wonder, absurdity and reckoning. You'll find there's more to The Old Man, Mom, Randy, and Ralphie than just one Christmas story.
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Shepherd, Jean
Broadway Books
New York
City and town life
Humorous Stories
Short Stories (single author)
Form - Essays
Humorous fiction
Stories (single author)
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Dolphin Books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
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no. 1471
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8.15x5.40x.82 in. .56 lbs.

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