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Subject: Funny Memoirs about growing up in the 70's??
Date Posted: 3/1/2008 3:30 PM ET
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Can anyone suggest any?I've searched high and low on the internet and cannot nail down ANY taht are humorous and about growing up in the 70's.ANyone???????????

Stacy

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 10:37 PM ET
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I think A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimel is mostly set in the 70s. I haven't read it, but I've heard good things about it.

Subject: Rocket Boys
Date Posted: 3/3/2008 12:03 AM ET
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Rocket Boys, or October Sky, is Homer Hickam's memoir of his West Virginia coal mining town boyhood, when he and his pals became interested in building and launching rockets.  In places it's comical, especially the incident where the young rocketeers visit a local moonshiner, looking for rocket fuel........

Subject: 70' books
Date Posted: 3/5/2008 5:38 PM ET
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Hypocrite in  a white pouffy dress : By Susan Jane Gilman, Is about a girl growing up in the 70' and I found it to be lol funny. I just sent my copy off  so it should  be repost eventully. I highly recommend it

                                                   Happy Reading , Heather

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 3/7/2008 1:55 AM ET
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Yep - Zippy.  Great book. :)

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 2:05 PM ET
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Thanks for teh suggestions:) I just ordered "Hypocrite in  a white pouffy dress" to get me started:)

Stacy

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 8:14 PM ET
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Let me know what you think of it?? And if you come across any other good ones let me know,I like books set in the 70's also:)

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 6:36 PM ET
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I liked Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan by Hillary Carlip. I thought it was really funny.

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 8:27 AM ET
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Right now Im reading A Little Fruitcake and it's hilarious!! Its about a kid growing up in the 70's. Reminds me of A Christmas Story.

Stacy

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 12:29 PM ET
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The best one I have read is by Jancee Dunn, "But Enough ABout Me". Her life growing up in the 70's, graduating in the 80's and then working for Rolling Stone and MTV. Absolutely hilarious.

Her blog is a scream too - http://janceedunn.typepad.com/

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 11:29 PM ET
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Try David Sedaris - "Naked" or "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim".

 

When I read "Naked" I was laughing out loud.

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 11:23 AM ET
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I liked Cover the Butter by Carrie Kabak, although it took place in Great Britain.  Very funny!

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 6:17 PM ET
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I also liked Cover The Butter!

Stacy

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 6:19 PM ET
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Kick Me by Paul Feig. It's his memoir about his adventures in junior high and high school. He's one of the writers of the much missed tv show, Freaks and Geeks.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 8:51 AM ET
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Ok,I finished Hyposcrite in a white poofy dress and really enjoyed it:) Also Read and enjoyed: A Little Fruitcake and Me Talk Pretty One Day.

I just ordered Kick ME and will give it a whirl:) (Nancy-I was unable to resist your bookshelf!!LOL!!)  Thanks for the suggestions:) When I get mucho credits I like to come check this thread and order a biography.Im not real big on them but thgey make for a nice change once and a while:)

Stacy



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Date Posted: 5/7/2008 1:31 PM ET
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Hey, Stacy! Hope you enjoy all the titles. :)

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 4:14 PM ET
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How about "Growing Up Brady / I Was a Teen-Age Greg" by Barry Williams.  You can't get more 70's than the Brady Bunch.  And I thought the book was hilarious.

Subject: Memoirs...
Date Posted: 7/17/2008 8:09 AM ET
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If you've grown up in the seventies yourself, you really need to look at Running With Scissors (sp?) by Augusten Burroughs. Pretty dark stuff...wayyy off the beaten path but most definitely funny and very seventies.

Pam

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 9:55 PM ET
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Queen of the Oddballs was great! Cracked me up.
Date Posted: 7/22/2008 4:42 PM ET
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I just got Bad Haircut : Stories of the Seventies by Tom Perotta.  It's on my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 8:43 PM ET
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"America's Boy" by Wade Rouse is another

Date Posted: 11/27/2008 1:26 PM ET
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You might want to go to Hidden Gems where we have a great thread on Memoirs.  I had started that one there not realizing this forum was here.  We are pretty active on that one and you should find great suggestions for what you are looking for, and others.

Date Posted: 11/30/2008 6:04 PM ET
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You might want to check out Laurie Notaro's books, also.  Another is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.  I'm pretty sure a large part of it took place in the 70s.

 

PS...I love the Zippy books, too.  :)

Date Posted: 12/14/2008 1:03 PM ET
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Bad Haircut : Stories of the Seventies     You have to admit... this says it all about the 70's!

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 8:11 AM ET
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Another "zippy" fan!

Sara

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