She is a fine narrator who will hold the reader's attention .Kirkus Review I really loved reading this book. You know why? LaRue Agresti told her story with all her heart, and you can feel that in her words. She tells her story so eloquently, and that makes it an extra special book to read. I was laughing, crying and smiling throughout. Miss Agresti has a gift and I am so glad she decided to share it with us., Reviewed by Readers Favorites This is a fabulous book that takes you on a wonderful adventure! Great read and awesome present! There are lots of smiles in this book. Highly recommend! D. Doyle amazon Reviewer. LaRue has a freestyling writing ability that grabs you right from the beginning and takes you swirling from one chapter to the next. It doesn't matter whether you are Italian or not, different culture, different ethnicity, it was the crazy 60's that was the common denominator that bonded us all.R Hurc Amazon Reviewer I started and ended this book today and what a page turner. You are a great narrator of your own story and you tell it with such humor and grace. As a storyteller, you have managed to describe your cast of characters in your life with such color and describe the events in such detail that I felt i could picture and feel that time again. DLR Amazon Review The author writes easily and well. It felt like I was listening to a friend. She has lots of hard times but doesn't particularly dwell on them.She just kept a-going. What era she lived through. F.N. Amazon Reviewer An unforgettable trip through the 60's and beyond.Through her breezy style, she tells a series of brief stories, which like an impressionistic painter eventually combine to create a pointillistic picture of her early life. Often funny and sometimes sad, these vignettes are a series of brief stories many of which are remarkable in their realism and linger with you long after finishing it. Brad S. Amazon Reviewer Captivating! Very well written, a book that helps the reader live through Chicago life in the 60's and 70's in the eyes of a free-spirited woman overcoming adversity in her family life as well as adapting to many moves as a young child transitioning to adulthood with her experience leaving home to follow her heart. We are able to see the internal dynamics of a Chicago Italian family and get to know LaRue's animated father as well as experience life with a mentally challenged mother. LaRue demonstrates her ability to embrace the moment, fleeing where the wind takes her without looking back. This book inspires us all to take a leap of faith, enjoy the moment, and have no regrets. Michele Amazon Reviewer. Must Read for Chicago Boomers! This is a great read! I'm a Boomer who grew up in Chicago so there are a wealth of things in this book to relate to. The author is a lady who has led a full life which she relates with warmth and humor while not sugar coating any of the rough patches she encountered. Highly recommend this book to all Boomers, anyone with connections to Chicago, and anyone who enjoys a good biography. T. Murphy Amazon Reviewer Great book, great read! I highly recommend this book. Vivid characters that "live out loud" kept me reading way later than planned. N.F. Amazon Reviewer Loved this Book! It was entertaining and a quick read! An interesting life! I would highly recommend this book. It was definitely worth reading. I spent a rainy Sunday enjoying it. S.Horn Amazon Reviewer This book truly is a treat ! The authors' life takes many twists and turns from trying to make sense of her psychologically ill mother during her pre-teen years at a time when nobody talked about mental illness to partying with the hippie counterculture and later raising her daughter among a real life colorful cast of characters. Agresti embraces every humorous moment of her interesting life. I finished the book wanting to read more. G.M. Walsh Amazon Reviewer
Author LaRue Agresti captures the essence of a generation in this vivacious memoir.
As related in Boomer Tales, LaRue was born in Chicago in 1949. Her whimsical narration describes growing up in a wacky Italian family, complete with intriguing background material on her parents and their families, and speaks candidly of her mother’s battle with mental illness.
After chronicling her early years in Chicago, Boomer Tales goes on to provide a window into the Windy City’s turbulent social and political climate during the 1960s.
In the chapter titled “Key Lime Pie,” LaRue offers a vivid time capsule of the pot-infused 1970s hippie culture in the form of original letters sent from the Florida Keys to her sister back home in “Bummer City.”
But life brings her back to Chicago, and the 80s usher in an emotional time, as she contends with the difficulties of parents afflicted with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Throughout the book, LaRue provides rich descriptions of her lively hometown, and her inclusion of the music that resonated with her peers helps bring her portrait of a baby boomer vibrantly to life.