Book by Simer, Timothy S...
|Title||:||The Coterian Retreat: Growing Up in Hamilton, Ohio|
|Publisher||:||Vantage Press 1 edition May 1, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||278 pages|
|File Size||:||888 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Coterian Retreat: Growing Up in Hamilton, Ohio Reviews
This book was well written and I enjoyed reading his story.
This is an easy to read, very real autobiographical story -- a "memoir" -- of an intelligent, inquisitive, and observant boy. His story takes the reader on his personal journey through a variety of adolescent scenarios which are somehow familiar, yet intriguing; mostly typical -- yet somewhat tumultuous. The writing is honest, yet provoking; thoughtful yet humorous; sometimes almost painfully sincere; and as sensual as it sensitive. The chapters each tell an individual story, with thoughts, senses, and emotions evoked in the reader, much like those subtly aroused by a familiar scent from the past, or being surprised by encountering a love from long ago. It is a sweet, nostalgic, funny and very vivid story of an adolesence which was surprisingly like my own -- and maybe somewhat like yours...
This book helped me recall memories of my childhood that were lost for many years. Reading this book was like drinking a large cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. It made me laugh or smile page after page.
Coterian Retreat is a lovely, well written book that chronicles the life of a boy growing up in the midwest in the 1960's and early 1970's. It's 33 chapters each tell of a particular event in Mr. Simer's life. Some are funny, many touching and sweet, some poignant, but all written with honesty. The descriptions of family and friends are so vivid that even without the pictures included in the book, I feel like I would recognize them on the street. Having grown up in the midwest in this same time, I found I could well relate to many of the incidents that are recalled. I have enjoyed the time spent reading this book and it is one that I will keep and re-read in the future whenever I have a need to go back to a simpler, more innocent time.
Standing on a hot baseball field, a first kiss. Eluding confrontations with a larger, motivated kid. Parents splitting up. How my grandfather always says "much obliged" when he was truly grateful to someone. Comic Books.
This book captures much of the innocence and beauty of growing up in a small midwestern town in the sixties, as well as expressing the essence of "growing up" in any genre. It also exemplifies, in beautiful detail, the magic of community and a true congregation and fellowship in the stratum that they do positively effect themselves. A lighthearted and easy read, it gently transports the reader to revisit some delightful and comfortable personal nostalgia and, in what is equally satisfying, exudes hope for humanity still through community, fellowship and coterie.