Growing Up and Getting Old Behind the Wheel: An American Auto Biography

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Witty and softly sardonic, William Schiff's autobiographical romp describes the author's travels through America and beyond in cars he rode in, bought, modified, and stole. It is peppered with allusions to the films, literature, music, politics, and current events of America, from 1940 - 2010. It describes his incarceration, and ultimate redemption through America's Universities, rather than it's churches, and his life as criminal, student, ...
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Overview

Cover Art by Abby & Lily Klemmer.
Witty and softly sardonic, William Schiff's autobiographical romp describes the author's travels through America and beyond in cars he rode in, bought, modified, and stole. It is peppered with allusions to the films, literature, music, politics, and current events of America, from 1940 - 2010. It describes his incarceration, and ultimate redemption through America's Universities, rather than it's churches, and his life as criminal, student, university professor, behavioral scientist, husband, father, and retiree.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781475225525
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/11/2012
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    A Most Enjoyable Read Down Memory Lane! The best lines quoted i

    A Most Enjoyable Read Down Memory Lane!

    The best lines quoted in this book are one by the author, "For those who can recall, the thrill of it all..." and the other "Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?" by Jack Kerouac.

    This book spans from 1939 to present day, and is a wonderful, auto biographical, memoir of cars and the road. The Front Matter contains a list of cars driven, conjuring yesteryear's cars that kissed the road, from the '39 Chrysler to the 2010 Ford.

    The smell of cars, "the slightly sweet, slightly pungent smell of the smooth firm cloth seats of the 1939 maroon Chrysler sedan . . ." as well as in the Cadillac, roadsters, '48 Studebaker, '56 Chevy Convertible, and to the '96 and '98 Audi, brings the scents of wood and leather from new cars. Those memories bring back the "New Car Smell Spray" which gave the smell of new cars while driving used cars.

    At a young age, he and his friends appropriated cars from driveways and went for joy rides then returned them until they were caught. The minor infraction put him and his joy-ride buddies in the pen for four years as he and his mates were transferred to a security camp for young first offenders in Florida's Panhandle. The first look at his future when he saw the motto on the arch "Go forth To Serve," froze him with fear. He compared it briefly to the gate at Auschwitz, "Arbeit Macht Frei" or "work sets you free" at the end of WWII. The sentences were later shortened to a little more than a year for the four of them, while two other of his friends spent an additional six months. It was a sobering realization of what life would bring to him. But the author went on to accomplish many academic successes in his life as a professor in academia and the literary field, all documented in the last pages of the book.

    Years later, still cruising the roads of America with his wife Susan, he couldn't help reminisce that as the years go by, he's the big fish at the end of the line in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. He then imagines that "the big fish at the end of an imaginary line is not a marlin or a shark, but life itself. I'm holding on tightly, I know the line will eventually break. But just feeling its power there is a thrill."

    This book was gifted for a review and in no way influenced that review.

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    Posted November 8, 2012

    A Marvelous Ride Down Memory Lane The best lines quoted in thi

    A Marvelous Ride Down Memory Lane

    The best lines quoted in this book are one by the author, "For those who can recall, the thrill of it all..." and the other "Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?" by Jack Kerouac.

    This book spans from 1939 to present day, and is a wonderful, auto biographical, memoir of cars and the road. The Front Matter contains a list of cars driven, conjuring yesteryear's cars that kissed the road, from the '39 Chrysler to the 2010 Ford.

    The smell of cars, "the slightly sweet, slightly pungent smell of the smooth firm cloth seats of the 1939 maroon Chrysler sedan . . .", as well as in the Cadillac, roadsters, '48 Studebaker, '56 Chevy Convertible, and to the '96 and '98 Audi, brings the scents of wood and leather from new cars. Those memories bring back the "New Car Smell Spray" which gave the smell of new cars while driving used cars.

    At a young age, he and his friends appropriated cars from driveways and went for joy rides then returned them until they were caught. The minor infraction put him and his joy-ride buddies in the pen for four years as he and his mates were transferred to a security camp for young first offenders in Florida's Panhandle. The first look at his future when he saw the motto on the arch "Go forth To Serve," froze him with fear. He compared it briefly to the gate at Auschwitz, "Arbeit Macht Frei" or "Work Sets You Free" at the end of WWII. The sentences were later shortened to a little more than a year for the four of them, while two other of his friends spent an additional six months. It was a sobering realization of what life would bring to him. But the author went on to accomplish many academic successes in his life as a professor in academia and the literary field, all documented in the last pages of the book.

    Years later, still cruising the roads of America with his wife Susan, he couldn't help reminisce that as the years go by, he's the big fish at the end of the line in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. He then imagines that "the big fish at the end of an imaginary line is not a marlin or a shark, but life itself. I'm holding on tightly, I know the line

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  • Posted October 23, 2012

    A Young Adult Story With Pyrotechnic Action

    Before dying from cancer, Chikara's mother left her a DVD of herself with the impossible task to fight evil in the world. This is a tall order for a high school girl trying to ward off jealous classmates and adolescent problems. When Chikara, Renka and her boyfriend Gen understand the mission and legacy, Chikara's mother beckoned them to, they accept it and vowed to fight evil with all their teen might and capability.

    But Chikara and her friend Renka take on the fight with some reservations until a black ring with special powers is gifted by her mother before her death to help out with the task. The fight then goes from high school's minor anxiety and problems to a bigger cause to bring order out of chaos in the world.

    Their classmate and foe is Michiko and her friends who try to humiliate Chikara and her friends. At first, the fight is about young adults concentrating on being popular among their peers, but then becomes a universal struggle that goes beyond their school and neighborhood.

    The title "I Am Become Death" as mentioned in the book, is from one of the characters quoting from Indian lore where Vishnu revealed himself to an evil king and said, "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."

    This Young Adult and original novel has great potential for serial and visual Anime/Manga. The action scenes are suspenseful with paranormal powers, swords, and flaming spectacle. The book could use some minor editing and proofing, otherwise highly recommended.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2010

    Loved going along for the ride....

    I just finished this "Auto Biography" and I couldn't put it down.... quite an interesting life story, very well-told. Schiff is clearly a "car guy" and the details of the cars he's owned, driven (and stolen!) are amazing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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