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7 1/2 Cents
     

7 1/2 Cents

by Richard Bissell
 
This is humorous, slightly bizarre story of a strike at the Sleep Tite pajama factory in Junction City, Iowa, in the 1950's is the setting for Richard Bissell’s rollicking romp about employees who are about to strike for a 7 ½ cent raise. If you grew up in the Mid-West (and even if you didn’t) you’ll enjoy the dialogue and small town

Overview

This is humorous, slightly bizarre story of a strike at the Sleep Tite pajama factory in Junction City, Iowa, in the 1950's is the setting for Richard Bissell’s rollicking romp about employees who are about to strike for a 7 ½ cent raise. If you grew up in the Mid-West (and even if you didn’t) you’ll enjoy the dialogue and small town folkways and your attention will be, ah, sewed up, from the get go.
New superintendent, Sid Sorokin (youngest superintendent they had ever had), arrives to find himself knee deep in complaints about fans in the pants section, boiling over boilers, answering crazy letters, uncooperative sewing machines, and dissatisfied employees. In the midst of it all, he meets Catherine “Babe” Williams (yes, a Sleep Tite girl) and an amorous romance unfolds. The wisecracking dialogue and dry wit for which Bissell is famous is expertly delivered. During an Iowan heat wave which the locals observe is hot enough to burn the coins in your pocket, everybody says “Good corn weather”, while surreptitiously plucking at their adhesive underwear. (ch. 3, p.1)
7 1/2 Cents (1953), was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and was adapted by Richard Bissell and George Abbott for the Broadway musical success THE PAJAMA GAME. The original production won a Tony for Best Musical in 1955 and another Tony in 2006 for Best Revival of a Musical.
The book is where it all started, however, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014712606
Publisher:
eNet Press Inc.
Publication date:
05/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,136,534
File size:
806 KB

Meet the Author

Richard Pike Bissell (June 27, 1913-May 4, 1977) was an author of short stories and novels, playwright, business executive and riverboat pilot/master. Bissell earned the nickname “the Modern Day Mark Twain”, for, like Mark Twain, he enjoyed a lifelong love affair with the Mississippi River. He was best known for his river books and for his novel 7 ½ Cents, which he helped convert into Pajama Game, one of the most popular Broadway musical comedies of the 1950's winning the 1955 Tony Award for Best Musical. He wrote a book about the experience called Say, Darling, which chronicled the ins and outs of a broadway musical production and featured characters based on those with whom he worked; this book was also turned into a musical, also called Say, Darling in 1958.

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