Monday, August 5, 2013

Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories : and Other Disasters

Title: Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories : and Other Disasters

Author: Jean Shepherd (IMDB) ( Audio clips)

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780385116329

Length: 352 pages

Obtained: Library "Book club kit" book

Why this book?:

I was told it was a good book for seniors, and the activities person at the place where this book discussion group was being started agreed to it.


A co-worker happened to mention that this was written by the same guy that created the A Christmas Story movie.  I hadn't even started this but I immediately had a strong dislike for it.  I am NOT a fan of that movie.  But I was supposed to be leading this discussion (my first), and I needed to read the book to be sure everything went okay. 

If I had realized this book is a series of short stories, I could have spread it out more.  But alas, I crammed it into about 3 days. 

Here and there I found a part that amused me.  Like when they are at the fair on the Whip and the vomit is being described.  The description created such an image...  Anyway, there were perhaps one or two other highlights which I can no longer remember.

But overall, the book has that same feel as the movie.  That same reminiscent voice.  If you like it, then you should enjoy this.  I do not and while this was tolerable, it was far from a favorite.


  1. This is the same book club you've mentioned before, right? How did the discussion go?

    1. This is a different one that I was supposed to get started for work. It didn't even meet! They were apparently getting some staffing issues straightened out and didn't know about the discussion planned. I read it for no reason!!!

    2. We going to try again this month with Me Before You by JoJo Moyes... which is supposed to be a great discussion book... we'll see.


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