Tales From a Free-Range Childhood
Apr 1, 2011
Author: Donald Davis
Publisher: John F. Blair
Publication Date: March 2011
This is one of the funniest, funnest books that I have read in a while. I was laughing the entire time. If not laughing, snorting unattractively.
Donald's stories of his youth are tales that could be dull as dishwater told in the wrong way - another "That's a nice story Donald, now let's have some lemonade" kind of way. But the nuances and way of framing make for a brilliantly humorous series of tales.
The stories range in time from his life as a young boy to coming of driving age. Stories of little brother are especially humorous and include a game called Fishing for Babies to the most delightful head shaving tale ever. I cracked up during the reading of the "Let's talk your mother into a new car" story - pure deviousness........but with love.
The life that he puts into his parent's descriptions makes you wish that for just one night you could have sat on their couch, shared dinner and watched them all interact with each other.
This book will go next to my Bill Bryson "light humor before sleep" pile... the pile that never leaves the side of the bed.