Recollections A Baby Boomer s Memories of the Fabulous Fifties As one of the first post WWII Baby Boomers Jim Chambers childhood and early teenage years were in the s a remarkable decade for the United States that saw enormous political technological and

  • Title: Recollections: A Baby Boomer's Memories of the Fabulous Fifties
  • Author: Jim Chambers
  • ISBN: 9780557091003
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • As one of the first post WWII Baby Boomers, Jim Chambers childhood and early teenage years were in the 1950s, a remarkable decade for the United States that saw enormous political, technological, and cultural changes Although many books have covered the headline making events of the era in great detail, few of these books give the reader a real feel for what daily life wAs one of the first post WWII Baby Boomers, Jim Chambers childhood and early teenage years were in the 1950s, a remarkable decade for the United States that saw enormous political, technological, and cultural changes Although many books have covered the headline making events of the era in great detail, few of these books give the reader a real feel for what daily life was like for Americans living in that decade, especially for kids growing up then The author remembers the little nuts and bolts things of daily life for families during the fascinating decade known as the Fabulous Fifties Recollections perfectly blends paying homage to the little day to day rituals with a larger scale examination of social issues and s of the times, and it s equally entertaining on either level Recollections is a warm, lovingly honest, and fascinating portrait of America in the mid 20th Century.

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    1. As a 1950's research tool for my third book, this was just the ticket. It was pretty choppy, but it was meant to be. When we remember our lives, it comes out in a down-to-earth manner, just the way Chambers tells the tale.There are distinct chapters covering everything from gadgets to schools, shopping to politics, food to slang. I enjoyed the tidbits of information about the day-to-day: cars without seat belts, milk and coca cola in glass bottles, and rotary dial telephones. This the kind of in [...]

    2. Recollections: A Baby Boomers Memories of the Fabulous Very informative. I relate d with the author. I was also born in 1946 and remember most of the info in the book. Good job.

    3. My fascination with the 1950s began with an interest I took in early rock & roll. Combine that with a general interest in history, a craving for simpler times in a simpler world, and an exposure to movies and TV shows (from the '50s) which seemed to exemplify just that, and it makes sense my fascination continues to this day.The author does not intend this to be a memoir, and states as much up front. I plan to use it as reference material for day-to-day life in the 1950s, should I ever need [...]

    4. Storyline:In this book, Jim Chambers shows us the views of the Fifties as he remembers them. It was a fun book for me as I am all about the 50's.Story Characters:Jim is a likable guy. His short stories are definitely fun to read and I always enjoy reading first hand accounts of experiences and eras.Writing Style:While I enjoyed the book, it was a bit fragmented and difficult to follow. Jim Chambers writes about many different topics and tends to jump from one to the other and back all in three p [...]

    5. The author mentions in his foreward "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" by Bill Bryson. Well, this book does remind me of that wonderful work but is even better. Much more engaging! I felt like I was in a time machine, visiting all of the incredible things about the 50s, many forgotten over the intervening years. I read this in two sittings, unusual for me in that I am a busy author in my own right and right now am working on my fifth novel. But I literally could not put this book down, [...]

    6. I loved this book. The fifties were a little before my time, but I grew up in a very rural area in the late sixties and seventies. Alot of what I read in Jim's book brought back memories of what it was like before cable tv, dish on demand, microwave ovens, two car two career families, and video games. Life was a little slower and we were not as sophisticated as kids today. Families were intact, and those definintely were the good old days. Reading Jim's narrative reminded me of when my siblings [...]

    7. This book is quite repetitive. Talks about television's impact on folks, politics, television programs and other media. Color television sets were around in the 50's but were so astronomically priced not many families owned one. Same with microwave ovens. Families were larger - not the individuals but the family unit. No personal computers or cell phones. No VHS or dvds. Schools were beginning to be desegregated. Newscasters were all white and all male. Not so much a blast to the past but perhap [...]

    8. Jim Chamber's memory is prodigious and, I assume, he followed up his thoughts with a ton of research. While my own boomer recollections vary from Jim's (west coast, not south; female, not male), enough of them rang a bell for me to relate.Jim's writing style is conversational and it's easy to believe Jim's sitting on the porch with me relating his childhood memories to me. I'm laughing, and he's chuckling. I fill him in on some of my own remembrances, and he nods his understanding.If you're in t [...]

    9. This was a fairly interesting trip down memory lane for me, since I am only a few years younger than the author and grew up in roughly the same era. The author stated that this book was not written as a memoir, but I think that I would have enjoyed it more if it were. A few of the chapters were a little dry for my taste. I would have prefered them to be written in a more story-like context. All in all though, this was a quick read that did a good job of evoking the fifties that I remember.

    10. What a dog of a book! I was hoping for a slice-in-time from a fellow boomers, but this is a very self-referential and skewed take on the era. Loaded with judgments, which makes the narrator unsympathetic. The writing made me wince. The best I can say is that the kindle edition was cheap. A must-pass.

    11. This was a fun book to read. Even though technically I was only two years old in the '50's, much of what was discussed was also around in the early '60's. Jim Chambers brought up many things I had long forgotten - it was nice to take that trip back and revisit that time. I recommend this book to those who lived it and those who would like to know "what it was like".

    12. Nostalgic (or a reminder of how far we’ve come) for children of the ‘50s and early ‘60s. A premier on the “olden days” for the younger crowd. Chambers tells the good with the bad – in other words more than a series of “sonny, when I was a kid” stories.

    13. A fun reminder of many little things I had forgotten about growing up in the 50's. Although the author was from Georgia, so many of his experiences were identical to mine while living in the Midwest. It was a glorious time to be alivefe was simple.

    14. Even though I feel more like a 60's child having just started kindergarten in 1957 I do remember a lot of the things he spoke about in the book. Kind of an easy walk down Memory Lane.

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