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Fistful Of Fig Newtons, A - Jean Shepherd

Fistful Of Fig Newtons, A

Paperback Published: 1st April 1991
ISBN: 9780385188432
Number Of Pages: 284

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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.

Industry Reviews

"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."
--Library Journal

"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."
--National Review

Openingp. 1
A Fistful of Fig Newtons or the Shoot-out in Room 303p. 5
The Light at the End of the Tunnelp. 31
The Mole People Battle the Forces of Darknessp. 39
Marcel Proust Meets the New Jersey Tailgater, and Survivesp. 87
The Marathon Run of Lonesome Ernie, the Arkansas Travelerp. 95
Sociology 101 (Hip Division)p. 131
Lemons on the Grass, Alasp. 139
The Lost Civilization of Delip. 147
The Whole Fun Catalog of 1929p. 163
Lost At Cp. 175
Ellsworth Leggett and the Great Ice Cream Warp. 197
The Barbi Doll Celebrates New Year'sp. 233
Closingp. 263
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ISBN: 9780385188432
ISBN-10: 0385188439
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 1st April 1991
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1