Memories Are Like Clouds, a touching memoir, is a fond remembrance of growing up when life seemed simple. Gliding on the porch swing while listening to their mothers stories of her youth, counting dead goldfish at the five-and-ten cent store, playing pick-up baseball games down near the dump, collecting Ralph Kiner and Stan Musial baseball cards, helping Daddy at his candy business, devouring Sgt. Rock comic books, and running numbers for the neighborhood bookie in a housedress filled Kenny and Dianas innocent days in East Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. The author weaves together the universal experiences shared with millions of other baby boomers such as that first television set, iceboxes, Amos n Andy, hula hoops, and the milk man and the individual memories specific to this family (the rag man and his tired old horse, the Polish Barbers dirty adventure magazines, and shotgun weddings at the Slovak Club). This coming-of-age tale, filled with hope and old-fashioned values, will delight and engage and then, long afterward, persist in memory.
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February 16, 2000
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