Poppy Shakespeare

Poppy Shakespeare

Book - 2006
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From the noted authority on '70s baseball and pop culture comes this fun and funky chronicle of the decade's most eventful season.

America, 1976: colorful, complex, and combustible, a place of Bicentennial celebrations and busing riots, Olympic glory and Legionnaire's Disease, Presidential turn-over and hi-fi turntables. And as the nation saluted the 200th birthday of its independence in a spectacle of festivities, Major League Baseball players waged a war for their own liberties, demanding free agency. For both the nation and its national pastime, the year would turn out revolutionary, indeed. On the diamond, the 1976 season witnessed the crowning of the Cincinnati "Big Red Machine" dynasty, George Steinbrenner's first World Series with the Yankees, and the heroics of Mike Schmidt, Mark Fidrych, and George Brett. American pop culture was never more fun than in this red-white-and-blue year of Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner, CB radios,  The Bad News Bears ,  Rocky , Taxi Driver , the Ramones,  Hotel California , and Frampton Comes Alive!-- it all came alive in '76. Stars and Strikes tracks the tumultuous year from White House to shorts-wearing White Sox, chronicling a time on the eve of the disco era, after which the sport and the nation would never be the same.

Big Hair and Plastic Grass author Dan Epstein gives this storied year the book it deserves in Stars and Strikes , detailing the characters, events, and cultural forces behind the Spirit of '76.

Publisher: [Toronto] : Bond Street Books, c2006
ISBN: 9780385662147
Branch Call Number: ALL
Characteristics: 341 p


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Sep 15, 2014

This reminded me of 'Girl, Interrupted' in the way that the two girls, N and Poppy, are close friends. Poppy reminds me of me trying to be normal and sane, even through my own mental illness. It reminds me of myself being in denial for so long, until I've decided to take proper medications everyday and face my challenges. At first, I didn't really connect with this book, but by the end I was very happy to have read it. It's Clare Allan's first novel, and I think she did a great job. Googling the book, I realized it's a movie as well and I'm looking into that :)

Dec 04, 2009

Maybe I picked the wrong time to read this book. I just found it wearing. Sort of a cross between Catch-22, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Sound and the Fury. With "You know what I mean?" all through it.

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