A Tongue in the Sink: The Harrowing Adventures of a Baby Boomer Childhood

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Overview

Do you look at today's kids and suspect that they're aliens?
Have you ever assaulted an electronic device?
Do you forget whether some of your favorite movie stars are dead or alive?
Are you saying "When I was a kid" more and more lately?

Then meet Dennis Fried, former philosophy professor and stand-up ...

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Overview

Do you look at today's kids and suspect that they're aliens?
Have you ever assaulted an electronic device?
Do you forget whether some of your favorite movie stars are dead or alive?
Are you saying "When I was a kid" more and more lately?

Then meet Dennis Fried, former philosophy professor and stand-up comic (just your normal, everyday career path), and author of the popular Memoirs of a Papillon: The Canine Guide to Living with Humans without Going Mad.

Return with him to the days when kids actually went outside to play! When SUVs were not only unknown but unneeded, since no self-respecting kid wanted to be seen being dropped off by his parents.

When gym teachers issued directly from the "walk it off" school of pain management. Back to the days of Saturday afternoon double features, A-bomb drills, and the always-dangerous Big Kids.

This wry, incisive memoir about growing up in a small town (Catskill, New York) in the 1950s will fill you with laughter, nostalgia, and reflections on the changing nature of childhood and on aging (besides "ugh"). If you were ever a kid, this is your story.

About the Author:
Dennis Fried is the author of the popular Memoirs of a Papillon: The Canine Guide to Living with Humans without Going Mad. He holds advanced degrees in physics and philosophy, and has been laughed out of numerous careers, including that of college teaching, marketing, software development, and stand-up comedy. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife, Katrina, and their adopted four-legged daughter, Genevieve.

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What People Are Saying

Anita Finley
A neat, nostalgic book, bringing with it memories, smiles, and laughter. Fried has a quick sense of humor in full force as he shares with us the trials and tribulations of growing up in the 'good old days.
gerontologist and editor of Boomer Times and Senior Life
Stuart M. Kaminsky
Denny Fried has the wit of Dave Barry, the eye of Erma Bombeck, and his own quirky and very funny view of life. He takes what we have all experienced and turns it upside down and shakes it so we see it through a comic lens. Attention should be paid to this man, especially if you want to do a lot of smiling.
Edgar-award-winning author and screenwriter
Tim Dorsey
Denny Fried's wit and observations about the human condition are so dead-on that he must have had help again from little Genevieve, his author-dog.
author of Florida Roadkill and Cadillac Beach
William Froug
This is a delightful, witty, and wacky romp from start to finish. I highly recommend this very special book.
author of Screenwriting Tricks of the Trade and Zen and the Art of Screenwriting
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967933511
  • Publisher: Eiffel Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2004

    A Wonderful Read

    This book is one of the best, funniest, and most entertaining books I have ever read. I bought this book on a Saturday morning and couldn't put it down until I finished it. My husband enjoyed it so much too. Reading this book causes fits of giggles, snickers, chuckles, and laughing out loud from cover to cover. Genevieve has counseled her human well and should encourage Denny to write more books. Both Genevieve and Denny are such talented and creative writers that we hope to see more books from both of them in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    A Tongue in the Sink Touches the Soul

    It's true that Denny Fried's look back to see what was gaining on him in his youth will make you laugh, as the book cover warns. But you also will experience deep nostalgia, even, amazingly, for places you haven't been and cultural corners you've never explored. Fried continually serves up verisimilitude, thus gently drawing readers into his childhood while at the same time hurling them back into their own. And if that ain't A Tongue in the Sink, I don't know what is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2004

    A reader review

    This book makes me wonder if Denny Fried peeked into my own childhood...I had no idea how much I had forgotten that I remembered while reading this hilarious retrospective. I haven't laughed so long or so hard since my childhood days! With wit and wisdom, Denny looks back at what we all thought was important growing up, and gives us a perspective on why we are who we are today. Rarely do I finish a book and start it all over again, but man, this is worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    A Great Trip Through Nostalgia

    Denny Fried's A Tongue In The Sink is a must-read for anyone who grew up in small-town USA, especially if you lived in Catskill, NY as I did. Who can forget the big kids and their torture, first girl friends, the swimming hole, early jobs, elementary and high school and that first talk with mom or dad about the 'birds and the bees.' Don't miss this one.

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