Sleeper Alert: THE BIG REWIND

Debut memoirs couched in pop culture are nothing new, but the twist with The Big Rewind, according to Dwight Garner’s review in the New York Times, is that author Nathan Rabin has a dramatic personal story that justifies his faith in pop culture’s redemptive power. Albums like Nirvana’s In Utero and books like Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest became Raban’s anchor after he was abandoned by his family, placed in an adolescent group home and later a mental institution, before making his way into his current position as head writer on the entertainment department at the fake news site The Onion.

World Cat shows 114 libraries have copies – and reserves were modest at four libraries we checked, but Garner’s enthusiasm could help this memoir take off:

The Big Rewind nonetheless has something real and scuffed and quite winning at its core. It’s probably true, as one of Mr. Rabin’s employers observes, that all his stories share the same problem: ‘They begin really cute and end with you getting viciously beaten.” And this is a troubling portrait of a family that “skidded irrevocably from the neurotic middle class to the feral poor.

But Mr. Rabin’s magpie sensibility serves him, and us, well. This motherless child puts the pieces of his life back together. And you can be both sad and happy for him when he declares, “I found my lasting family in the art and junk that has sustained me.”

Big Rewind: ‘A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture
Nathan Rabin
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover Edition: 368 pages
Publisher: Scribner Ebooks – (2009-06-30)
ISBN / EAN: 1416556206/978141655620697

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