Lake Wobegon Summer 1956

Lake Wobegon Summer 1956

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
During the summer of 1956, fourteen-year-old geek Gary struggles with the hormonal pains and obsessions of puberty as he experiences a passionate devotion to his rebellious cousin Kate and pursues his dream of becoming a writer, but when Kate gets into trouble with the local basketball star, Gary is forced to deal with the first pangs of a broken heart. 250,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
The Doo Dads are singing "My Girl" on the radio and on the porch of the big green house on Green Street, fourteen-year-old Gary is studying pictures of naked women, aware that Grandpa is looking down from the window of heaven and wondering how a Sanctified Brethren boy could turn out so badly.
He has never so much as kissed a girl, except his rebellious cousin Kate, a sophisticate of seventeen who knows about The New Yorker and also how to swear and exhale smoke through her nose. He feels lost when she falls for a heroic southpaw pitcher named Roger Guppy. But this is the summer when things change. Gary comes into possession of an Underwood typewriter. He fights back against his bullying born-again sister and his tyrannical teacher. And he starts to become a writer, producing fantastic tales about talking dogs, fatal blood diseases, tornadoes, and the lady with the torch.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001
ISBN: 9780670030033
0670030031
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 24 cm

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