The Light Years: A Memoir
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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