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Inhaltsangabe: It was the Memorial Day weekend, 1963. James, almost 14, relatively shy, moderately nerdy, horny, and soon-to-be ninth grader in a small central Florida town, needed to start mowing yards to earn money to buy his first car when he turned sixteen. That was the beginning of the bizarre "dream" summer that introduced James to Mrs. Root Beer Lady, Monica (the knock dead-gorgeous blond woman with ample breasts), Mrs. Chyspo, and the old man, all of whom changed into reptilian alien things that tried to kill and eat him at every turn. There was also Cookie, the hot little "cookie" whose father ran the burger joint across from the service station that James' father operated and where James often had to help out. There were the Kiches, the nosy next-door neighbors and their son, Kelvin, the neighborhood bully. We also can't forget James' best friend, Roger, who had in his possession the "girlie" magazine, which got "read" a lot that summer. If you remember being an adolescent with a vivid imagination, being anxious to grow up, getting your first car, and starting to date for real, but who also had to work hard, save your money, and help out around the house, then you'll enjoy this dream journey with James.

Über den Autor: Jim Meaders was born in 1949 in Birmingham, Alabama, but moved with his parents to Lakeland, Florida in 1954. The small Florida town in The Summer of My Fourteenth Year is based on Lakeland and on some of Jim's experiences during the summer of 1963. Jim grew up in service stations run by his dad between 1954 and 1967, probably pumping more gasoline by the time he graduated from high school than most people pump in a lifetime. He met his wonderful wife, Dorian, in 1970 and persuaded her to marry him in 1971. Jim attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, from 1967-69, and graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida with a B.A. in Art in 1976. He continued his education at Clemson University in South Carolina and spent the spring semester of 1978 studying and traveling in Italy, Germany, Belgium, France, and Luxembourg. He graduated with his M.F.A. in Visual Studies with a painting emphasis in 1979. Jim also started teaching full-time in 1979 and taught in South Carolina, Georgia, and West Virginia before moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1992, where he is still teaching art to college students. Jim has taught a variety of courses in his thirty-year teaching career including design, drawing, painting, ceramics, art appreciation, art history, and art education. He has exhibited work in regional and national art competitions in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Utah, California, and Tennessee since 1972. Jim's first book is not about art, but draws (no pun intended) on lingering memories of his childhood. He believes it is when we are children that we are the most creative and imaginative. As Picasso once said, "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."

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