Synopses & Reviews
Margaret Atwood tells of a girl swallowed up by the woods and lost forever. Mark Oppenheimer experiences leftist utopia in a nature camp. David Sedaris avoids having a bowel movement for a month. ZZ Packer teaches a lesson in black and white to the girls of Brownie Troop 909.
These are among the stories and essays in this anthology featuring eighteen diverse writers remembering with nostalgia as well as dread the childhood days of summer camp. Ah, camp, where a bullied young girl with limp hair and three names will do anything to meet the demands of being popular; where Woody Guthrie is no longer a folk icon, but rather a cabin for young nudists; and where, in that Kumbaya solitude, homesickness, independence, and the need for healthy revenge all stick like s'mores to the heart and soul.
Featuring stories, essays, and cartoons by: James Atlas, Margaret Atwood, Kevin Canty, Terry Galloway, Lev Grossman, Cynthia Kaplan, Josh Lambert, Andrea Lee, Ursula K. LeGuin, Thisbe Nissen, Mark Oppenheimer, ZZ Packer, Steven Rinehart, and
"[A]n entertaining anthology of 20 short pieces...ranging from lighthearted, humorous, and nostalgic to darkly epiphanic about the experience of summer camp." Library Journal
"The hodgepodge of short stories and memoirs doesn't always coalesce....But there are enough piercing tales to make you rejoice in your adulthood, never again to be sent away to the lonely foreign republic of sleepaway camp." Village Voice
Summer camp stories, essays, and cartoons by David Sedaris, ZZ Packer, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin and other bestselling and award-winning authors.
Bestselling and award-winning authors including David Sedaris, ZZ Packer, Margaret Atwood, and Ursula Le Guin contribute their summer camp stories and cartoons.
About the Author
Eric Simonoff has been a literary agent with Janklow & Nesbit Associates for 13 years. He attended Joseph & Betty Harlam Camp for ten straight summers when he was a youth. This is his first book.