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Friday, June 23, 2017

In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash - Jean Shephard

Before heading into town on his trip Ralphie stops by Flick's tavern for a drink, where they recollect their childtimes in the small town of Holden, Indiana. A quick dip turns into a day-long excursion as they walk down memory lane with both the good and bad.

Some of the most memorable scenes were chosen to be included in the movie adaption A Christmas Story, like the fight scene between Ralphie and his bully and Ralphie's many foiled attempts at convincing his parents to get him the Red Rider BB gun with a compass on the stock and this thing that tells time, but there are many other adventures that Ralphie and his friends embark on that would interest anybody who enjoyed the movie.

Ralphie remembers good things about money, like buying loose candy from the grocery store or eating his favorite foods at home. He also recalls troubling times when food
was scarce or when the auditors came by during tax season. He remembers the disaster of damaging his father's brand new-used card and of the promotional gravy boat disaster that ran the local theater owner out of town.

The musing narrative kept me hooked the entire time I was reading. Before I knew it I had finished this book with many chuckles and guffaws, where I not only enjoyed Ralphie's recollections but was also reminded of many goofy moments in my own childhood that took place at a much later date. I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys nostalgic humor.

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