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The Chenango Kid: A Memoir of the Fifties

Roger K. Miller

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Hardcover. 236 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.3in. x 1.1in.Two narratives intertwine in The Chenango Kid. One is the personal story of the author, Roger Miller, who grew up on Chenango Street, a main artery of the medium-sized industrial city of Binghamton, New York, in the 1950s. The second is the larger story of the 1950s. Each narrative enlarges upon the other. Many elements make up the personal: a devastating house fire; a single mother who liked to work and to frequent taverns; a father, mystified by life, less devoted to work than to benignly stalking his son; a half-sister long unknown; a drunken andor crazy uncle or two; a boyhood paradise in the hills of Pennsylvania; and a passion for reading and art. All in all an unconventionally conventional working-class youth. The Chenango Kid also connects Chenango Street to the wider world of the Fifties, a vibrant, explosive decade in art, literature, music, movies, and televisionmaking it The Decade That Never Ends. The popular culture of no other ten-year span in the century continues to exert its influence as strongly or to be revived as often as that of the 1950s. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781468553291

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Title: The Chenango Kid: A Memoir of the Fifties

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Hardcover

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Two narratives intertwine in The Chenango Kid. One is the personal story of the author, Roger Miller, who grew up on Chenango Street, a main artery of the medium-sized industrial city of Binghamton, New York, in the 1950s. The second is the larger story of the 1950s. Each narrative enlarges upon the other. Many elements make up the personal: a devastating house fire; a single mother who liked to work and to frequent taverns; a father, mystified by life, less devoted to work than to benignly stalking his son; a half-sister long unknown; a drunken and/or crazy uncle or two; a boyhood paradise in the hills of Pennsylvania; and a passion for reading and art. All in all an unconventionally conventional working-class youth. The Chenango Kid also connects Chenango Street to the wider world of the Fifties, a vibrant, explosive decade in art, literature, music, movies, and television—making it The Decade That Never Ends. The popular culture of no other ten-year span in the century continues to exert its influence as strongly or to be revived as often as that of the 1950s.

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      So there we were on that cold gray December afternoon, walking home north on Chenango Street from Christopher Columbus School, me, my sister Louise, and Louise's friend Francine....I trudged alongside them, puffy in my thick winter coat and with the earflaps on my cap dangling loose around my ears, truculent at being ignored and letting out an occasional "Wee-zee!" for attention.
      "What?" Louise finally snapped, turning abruptly to face me on the snow-covered sidewalk. "Will you for God's sake stop dinging me?"
      "Dinging me." She got that from our mother, who was always saying that.
      "You weren't listening to me. I asked if you'd take me to see Abbott and Costello. The new one with that Frankenstein guy."
    "No, you little pest," Louise said, walking again. "They're stupid. Besides, you're old enough to go by yourself. Go with your snot-nosed little friends."
      It's true. I could have gone by myself. Kids regularly went to "the show," alone or in groups, without adult supervision in those days.
     "I don't have any money."
      "So how am I supposed to get you in, for crying out loud? On my looks? Ask Ma for some money. Turn in some milk bottles for the deposits."
      "I already did. There's none left. I can't find any more."
      "That's tough titty, then. Maybe Santa will bring you a movie ticket." Despite her sarcasm and belligerence, Louise was protective of me. The year before, in a fury, she broke the nose of an older boy who had pushed me down and rubbed my face in the snow. It cost Ma almost one hundred dollars in medical reimbursement to the boy's angry parents. The parents would have sued for other damages, too, but they knew a bloodless turnip when they saw one.

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