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

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

by William Schiff

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ISBN-13: 9781475225525
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/11/2012
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

William Schiff was a behavioral scientist and college professor, who wrote broadly on Perception & Cognition. In his Auto Biography, he describes his childhood and adolescence, his broken family, his romances with cars, driving, films, books, and people, and his travels through the American Landscape from 1940-2010.

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Growing up and Getting Old Behind the Wheel: An American Auto Biography 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Frotune13 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
BookWorm9999 More than 1 year ago
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.