E Book Palisades Park WINNER BEST BARGAIN BOOK OF I picked up this book at my local BAM for and it
E-Book Palisades Park WINNER: BEST BARGAIN BOOK OF 2015!I picked up this book at my local BAM for $6, and it's one of those rare occasions where I would have happily paid full price for a clearance rack book. Palisades Park covers the lives of the Stopka family over the course of four decades, and how the titular amusement park factors into their existences. I enjoy stories that take place over lengthy periods of time and carnival/amusement park stories. It's no wonder I enjoyed Palisades Park as much as I did.I grew up in a household that was essentially an extension of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. My father loved his John Wayne Westerns, Old Yeller and Shane, and my mother loved her TMC and AMC flashback classics, like The Greatest Show on Earth and Yankee Doodle Dandy. Palisades Park took me back to my childhood, back to sitting in front of our floor set watching these big-budget black-and-white movies with ensemble casts. This is the first book I've ever read that felt like it was filmed in black and white and Technicolor at the same time. Read it. You'll see what I mean. What I did not expect to enjoy as much as I did was Alan Brennert's enthusiastic love for all things Hawai'i. My grandmother, a belly dancer until the day she died in 2011, had this challenge she offered all of her grandkids. If you graduated high school, you got a trip to Hawai'i, all expenses paid. The only caveat was that you had to go with her. Whatever. It was Hawai'i and it was free. None of those who went complained. Unfortunately, I was one of the only grandkids to miss the opportunity. I had to drop out of school my junior year to help my mother make ends meet. She'd broken her knee at work while descending wet stairs, and while workman's comp took care of 66% of her income, it wasn't enough. At that point in my life, we were living paycheck to paycheck, and not having that other 34% hurt. Badly. So I went to work stuffing the broiler at Burger King for as many hours as child labor laws allow a sixteen year old to work. I eventually went on to get my GED and go to college, but I'd missed my chance at a free ride to Honolulu. Reading about Eddie Stopka's time on the islands during his stint in the Navy made me, for the first time, regret not getting that trip to Hawai'i. There's nothing I could have done to fix it, short of letting my family starve, but I didn't know how much that missed opportunity meant to me until I read this book. Brennert obviously adores the islands, as his rich descriptions and tangible passion shows page after page. One day, when my kids are both old enough to enjoy it, I'll take my trip into the South Pacific. While I'm there, I'll lift a glass to my grandmother, the woman who bought me my first electric guitar and told me to be whatever made me happy and damn the rest of the world, and wish that she was there. My, I do ramble at times, huh? Sorry to all those who started reading this expecting a detailed review, but that's not really my bag. I attach books to memories, and my memories attach themselves to books. The good, the bad, the absolutely unreadable, they have all marked my life in some way. Palisades Park will always remind me of my grandmother. Thanks, Mr. Brennert. In summation: Palisades Park is a touching story magically and masterfully told. If Palisades Park in its heyday is where you want to be, brothers and sisters, Alan Brennert will take you there. It might take you a few other places, as well. I wish you all a pleasant journey. Final Judgment: Breathtaking and heartbreaking and wonderful.. Palisades Park is a Kindle Bestseller Alan Brennert s spellbinding story about a family of dreamers and their lives within the legendary Palisades Amusement ParkGrowing up in the 1930s, there is no magical place than Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey especially for seven year old Antoinette, who horrifies her mother by insisting on the unladylike nickname Toni, and her brother, Jack ToniBestseller Alan Brennert s spellbinding story about a family of dreamers and their lives within the legendary Palisades Amusement ParkGrowing up in the 1930s, there is no magical place than Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey especially for seven year old Antoinette, who horrifies her mother by insisting on the unladylike nickname Toni, and her brother, Jack Toni helps her parents, Eddie and Adele Stopka, at the stand where they sell homemade French fries amid the roar of the Cyclone roller coaster There is also the lure of the world s biggest salt water pool, complete with divers whose astonishing stunts inspire Toni, despite her mother s insistence that girls can t be high divers.But a family of dreamers doesn t always share the same dreams, and then the world intrudes There s the Great Depression, and Pearl Harbor, which hits home in ways that will split the family apart and perils like fire and race riots in the park Both Eddie and Jack face the dangers of war, while Adele has ambitions of her own and Toni is determined to take on a very different kind of danger in impossible feats as a high diver Yet they are all drawn back to each other and to Palisades Park until the park closes forever in 1971.Evocative and moving, with the trademark brilliance at transforming historical events into irresistible fiction that made Alan Brennert s Moloka i and Honolulu into reading group favorites, Palisades Park takes us back to a time when life seemed simpler except, of course, it wasn t.. Alan Brennert is the author of the historical novels Palisades Park, Honolulu chosen one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post , and Moloka i, which won the 2006 Bookies Award, sponsored by the Contra Costa Library, for the Book Club Book of the Year and has sold over half a million copies since publication He is also the author of the thought provoking fantasy novel Time and Chance In addition to novels, he has written short stories, teleplays, screenplays, and the libretto of a stage musical, Weird Romance He won an Emmy Award and a People s Choice Award for his work as a writer producer on the television series L.A Law, and he has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and for the Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Teleplay of the Year His story MaQui won a Nebula Award He lives in Sherman Oaks, California, but his heart is in Hawai i Follow him on Facebook at facebook alanennertcmillan palisadespark. Popular Ebook Palisades Park My rating is 4.5 to be exact. This book was just a good old fashioned read. For me, that never goes out of style. There are no moral dilemmas that you have to unravel. There are no symbolic flights of fancy leaving you wondering if you are missing big chunks of meaning. There is no show-offy writing that makes you pay more attention to the writing than the plot.What you do have is an engaging story that vividly evokes a time and place---Palisades Park NJ during its heyday (1920's-1971). I could smell the French fries soaked in vinegar and hear the clank of the old wooden roller coaster. As a child in the 50's I clearly remember the huge appeal of amusement parks----food, smells, ballys, creaky rides, daring stunts and freaky sideshows. This book did much more than take me back there; it let me I side the inner workings.The Stopkas were a family who lived, dreamed and suffered. Each one of them brought something important to the story. Through it all, the park anchored them and allowed them to dream bigger dreams. As decades pass, they live through a Depression, Pearl Harbor, World War II and the Civil Rights movement. The scenes at Palisades Park when blacks attempted to swim in the all white salt water pool were especially powerful. Toni is a strong willed, beautiful, daredevil diver who repeatedly had to make tough life decisions. She and her dad were the most engaging characters for me. The story unfolded at a comfortable pace, never losing its sense of place.I became an Alan Brennert fan after reading Molokai. As with that wonderful story, he meticulously researches his topic (helped that he grew up a mile from Palisades Park) then creates a delicious story. As a reader, I so appreciate writers who spend time crafting their stories and don't try to churn out books in quick succession. I will look forward to his next book. I expect it will be worth the wait.
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