From the wild and wacky world of favorite funnyman Jean Shepherd, a dozen truer-than-life tales of tailgating on the Jersey Tumpike, infuriating infants, and other everyday catastrophes, defeats, and humiliations that are the familiar fate of Americans everywhere.
Jean Shepherd was one of America’s favorite humorists, his most notable achievement being the creation of the indefatigable Ralphie Parker and his quest for a BB gun in the holiday classic A Christmas Story. But he was so much more, a comic Garrison Keillor–like figure whose unique voice transcended the airwaves and affected a whole generation of nostalgic Americans. A Fistful of Fig Newtons is classic Jean Shepherd—sidesplittingly funny and sardonically irreverent. It is a brilliant comic assessment of American life—all of them delivered in Jean Shepherd’s witty, classy, unforgettable style.
"One of our great major humorists . . . [Shepherd] writes about our life and times, the ordinary bits and pieces that every American recognizes and that are loaded with meaning for us all."
--New York Times Book Review
"Shepherd has a style and a vision all of his own . . . A Fistful of Fig Newtons is as bright and pleasant a diversion as one is likely to encounter."
"Certainly the greatest American humorist of the last twenty years, and arguably one of our best writers, period . . . A Fistful of Fig Newtons is an excellent introduction to those who know no Shepherd, and refreshment to those who do, and who would trade almost anything to be able to read him again for the first time."
|A Fistful of Fig Newtons or the Shoot-out in Room 303||p. 5|
|The Light at the End of the Tunnel||p. 31|
|The Mole People Battle the Forces of Darkness||p. 39|
|Marcel Proust Meets the New Jersey Tailgater, and Survives||p. 87|
|The Marathon Run of Lonesome Ernie, the Arkansas Traveler||p. 95|
|Sociology 101 (Hip Division)||p. 131|
|Lemons on the Grass, Alas||p. 139|
|The Lost Civilization of Deli||p. 147|
|The Whole Fun Catalog of 1929||p. 163|
|Lost At C||p. 175|
|Ellsworth Leggett and the Great Ice Cream War||p. 197|
|The Barbi Doll Celebrates New Year's||p. 233|
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Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st April 1991
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1