Non-Fiction - Memoir

’53 on 35th: A “Silent Boomer’s” Recollections

Category:Non-Fiction - Memoir

Author:J. Conran Meyer

  • Publisher: AFGR
  • Publication Date: October 17, 2019
  • Number of Pages: 512
  • ISBN-13: 9780975907832
  • ASIN: 0975907832

’53 on 35th: A “Silent Boomer’s” Recollections by J. Conran Meyer is a wonderful recreation of growing up in 1953. The author paints a dazzling portrait of what life was like before social media and shares childhood experiences and adventures that will fill many readers with nostalgia — especially Silent Boomers. Set in a growing suburb of Sacramento, California, this fictionalized memoir follows the author and his neighborhood friends — his brother Nick, and his best friend, Billy — as they create complex games and fantasies and undertake daring experiences. It is a tale of unbridled freedom and adventure, a story in which children — ages 8-9 — set out to reinvent a world for themselves. Follow them in their fun activities, their reveries, their moments of loss, their inspiring curiosity, and most of all, their genuine humanity.

J. Conran Meyer's world-building is impeccable. While readers are immersed into the world of the young characters, they are compelled to remember their own childhood. The contrast between growing up then and now is intelligently communicated in this spellbinding story and readers who grew up, 30 years ago and beyond, will enjoy this narrative. The social commentaries are spot-on, exciting, and thought-provoking. This book will help younger generations understand the change humanity has gone through and the beauty of growing up without gadgets. The prose is gorgeous and the author has the ability to provide insights into an age where people grew up relying on their imagination rather than games on cell phones. ’53 on 35th: A “Silent Boomer’s” Recollections is a stunning work of art, a memoir that will stir myriad emotions in readers and force them to look back and find pleasure in their own human and childhood experience. It's a lovely tale you can't put down — unique, vividly drawn, and exhilarating. 

Reviewed By: Bertin Drizller

Reviewed Date: February 24, 2023

Category: Non-Fiction - Memoir

Biography & Memoir