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"Awjeezma!" was the universal dissent, whinedrepeatedly if necessaryat an unreasonable mother who wanted the vacuuming done now-not-next-year or a pile of encrusted dishes washed or the sputtering heater refueled. "Awjeezma! Do I gotta?" "If I have to tell you one more time" "Awjeezma! Awright! Jeez!" Through the telling of his own madcap childhood, David Benjamin pays homage to the exuberance of countless untamed boys who grew up in Middle America in the 1950s. Whether he's stalking frogs through the bogs of Tomah, Wisconsin, playing four-kid baseball with his bothersome little brother and two favorite cousins, or sneaking into the theater to watch Saturday afternoon Westerns, Benjamin is the kind of little kid who eagerly would have fallen in with the redoubtable Tom Sawyer. His talesincluding one about a truly sorry incident with Snappy, the snapping turtle, and another about a run-in with a particularly fiendish squirrelare by turns hysterically funny, caustic, aggrieved, and movingly sincere. Traversing the nooks and crannies of kidhood, from ballfields to swimming holes,The Life and Times of the Last Kid Pickedcaptures a moment in twentieth-century American life, as Benjamin magically recalls the myriad scrapes, intrepid adventures, and wanderlust that once made childhood such an exhilarating enterprise.

About the Author

David Benjamin was born in Sparta, Wisconsin, in 1949 and lived in nearby Tomah until he was thirteen. He began his first novel, The Adventures of Stanley and Peggy, the Sniderman Twins, in the fourth grade. It remains unfinished. A contributor to the Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Wisconsin State Journal, Benjamin is also the author of The Joy of Sumo: A Fan’s Notes. He now lives with his wife in San Francisco and Paris.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588361165
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Tomah
Author:
Benjamin, David
Subject:
Benjamin, David
Subject:
Tomah (Wis.)
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Regional Subjects - Midwest
Subject:
Americana-Midwest
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20020301
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
271

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