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The Light Years: A Memoir

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The Light Years is a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American history

Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, amid the upheaval of the late 196
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 2nd 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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    Karen Kay
    I received this from in exchange for a review.

    Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, amid the upheaval of the late 1960s, was destined to fracture their precarious facade.

    Wow, it's amazing the author is still alive to tell his incredible story. Well written, very interesting. Must read. Warning: adult si
    Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    Kasa Cotugno
    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and given the bifurcated nature of the home he grew up in, one can only wonder at his resilience in becoming the respected, honored artist he has evolved into. Chris is the middle child of seven of a successful contra ...more
    Shannon A
    Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home.

    A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs, near-death experiences and self-discovery that is hypnotic & full of emotion. Told at near lightning pace, every page will leave you in some form of suspense; daring you to read the next page, while leaving you i
    Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
    This is the memoir of an artist's crazy childhood in the heyday of the hippy era. Each chapter was an almost unbelievable adventure. The guy had LSD before alcohol, lived alone on a mountain, hitchhiked and was assaulted, fell under the spell of a UFO guru, and on and on. The story was interesting and it had some moments that felt authentic, but most of it just felt like "then this crazy thing happened to me." There is a bit of redemption at the end but it was very short, almost like an after-no ...more
    Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Just a wild memoir. Rush, a well respected artist and designer, tell the story of his teenage years which essentially consisted of taking and dealing drugs. His odyssey across the US and his stay in the mountains in Tucson, living off the land , while stoned or tripping on LSD, makes for fascinating reading. And it appears that the rest of the kids in his family, and especially his sister Donna, were stoned or tripping during the seventies as well. I am the same age as Rush, and lived through th ...more
    Jan 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live a successful life. He got lucky because so many just like him did not make it. It's a fascinating read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
    Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic.
    Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five.
    Rhonda Lomazow
    Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
    A coming of age that gripped me from the first pages.A young life full of drugs hard memories seeking to find himself.A raw revealing life story that the author lived and fought to survive.Thanks to Goodreads for advance copy,
    Csimplot Simplot
    Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Excellent book!!!
    Jessica Bumgardner
    Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway**

    I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with, I am sad to say, I had never heard of Chris Rush. I didn't read too much about what would be in this memoir and I was not expecting an emotional journey. Not only was the story intriguing, the writing just sucked me
    Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    OMG! Right from the beginning this book sucked me in and I had a hard time putting it down. I ran through all my emotions reading this hellish adventure his life has been. Misunderstood, abused and forgotten he still survived and brings you along on his journey. The strength he has shown to survive is remarkable and is a excellent read.
    Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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    Book Review: The Light Years
    Author: Chris Rush
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Publication Date: April 2, 2019
    Review Date: December 23, 2018

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley, after approval from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, in exchange for an honest review.

    This was an extraordinary memoir written about a man’s adolescent and young adult years during the late 60’s and early 70’s. He was initiated into the world of hallucinogenic drugs at a young age, and spent his teens and youn
    Ryan Christopher Coleman
    Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    i loved this book. i cant believe chris rush had never written anything before this. the prose is rich, the pace is clipped, the story is thrilling, and rush’s voice is absolutely magnetic.

    fun and funny, rush has mastered a kind of camp phrasal styling i’ve encountered in books written by people like eve babitz and david sedaris. i think where you pick up on it is detail selection. which details rush selects to represent a given story and how much importance he gives to them. for instance, when
    Jane Brewer
    Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    What an amazing story. I won this ARC book from a Goodreads Giveaway, and I'm glad I did. This is the totally unbelievable story of Chris Rush, artist and author. He tells the story of his youth during the 60's and 70's; it is riddled with drugs, adventure, danger, and ultimately resurrection.
    Chris is the middle child of seven kids born to a fairly affluent New Jersey couple. But nothing is easy for Chris. He's gay, and his parents, knowing he's "different", send him away to boarding school
    Sue Jackson
    Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This moving, powerful, sometimes horrifying memoir of a drug-addled adolescence is also very, very funny. The author was kicked out of his house at a very young age, turned to dealing drugs, and searched the West for some sense of home, family, and love. A compelling memoir. Read my full review:
    Derek Moore
    Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A well written book about Chris Rush's childhood and his coming of age. He incorporates humor in his memoir. He lets the reader know about his drug ordeals and how much he was into drugs as a young child. I'm thinking writing the book was a bit therapeutic. I found it depressing to read all that he went through at such a young age.
    Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    Wow, what a ride! A beautifully written, fascinating memoir. There’s a quote from Nick Flynn that summarizes this book perfectly , “ brace yourself, to enter the light years you must be willing to be changed.” I won this book on good reads, and am so thankful! This will be on the top of my list for book recommendations, I can’t wait to share with all my friends !
    Steve  Morse
    Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Chris, what can i tell you? I loved this book. Just a few years younger, i grew up in Phila. in the 60s, so I get it. A very visceral adventure, with seemingly incredible solitude and possibly loneliness. What a beautiful story. I just finished it, and may start over again.
    J. Harding
    Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I loved reading this memoir. I was drawn in from the first page and could not put it down. I hope Chris Rush writes a second book; also, I was not aware of his art but will definitely be searching it out now. Highly recommended.
    Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is a very readable memoir. I won it from GoodReads. The author writes in a way that makes it easy to visualize the landscape of the era. I could not put it down.
    Susan Daugherty
    Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Rachel Watkins
    Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arc, memoir, fsg
    Chris Rush's childhood ended when he dropped acid at age 12. A talented, sensitive artistic kid, his search for love and family sends him into the arms of unlikely saviors who are incapable of defending him from himself. Make sure you hang on tight, because this coming of age memoir is unlike anything you've read.
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    Chris Rush is an award-winning artist and designer whose work is held in numerous museum collections. The Light Years is his first book.

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