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The Me Generation... By Me (Growing Up in the '60s)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Join Emmy-winning comedy writer Ken Levine (MASH, Cheers, Frasier, the Simpsons) as he attempts to grow up in the most exciting and turbulent decade of the 20th Century. From the California Myth, to the Sunset Strip, the war, the Beatles, the hippies, the riots, the drugs, and the sex – Ken Levine has lived it (although not as much sex as he would have liked). He shows you ...more
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published May 26th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services
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Mike Reuther
With his self-deprecating sense of humor and his keen eye on the social mores and morals of the time, Ken Levine gives us a glimpse of what it was like to grow up in Los Angeles in the 1960s. This isn't a book of social protest any more than it is about conservative politics of Orange County. Rather, it's a tongue in cheek look at adolescence and everything that goes with it - obsessing about sex, trying to figure out one's future, taking the different bumps and bruises that go along with being ...more
Karen
I'm also from the author's home town and really enjoyed this book. It was a walk down memory lane! We went to different schools 7 years apart, but I spent many hours at The Topanga Plaza too.
Rick
I expected a lot more from the guy who was responsible for writing episodes of Cheers, Frazier, and so many others of my favorite sitcoms from the 80's. What we get here is Ken Levine's growing up in the 1960's. What were really getting is a mostly unfunny account of him trying to find a girlfriend while growing up in a very normal, upper middle class family in California. Not really a lot laughs there. Certainly some crude and vulgar attempts at humor but not really my to my liking. He was much ...more
R.S. Gompertz
Enjoyable Valley Boy Confidential

Ken Levine's "ME Generation" is a highly personal coming of age memoir set in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley during the 1960's.

Ken grew up a few miles west and a few years earlier than I did so it's hard for me to separate the cultural and literary value of his memoir from my own personal curiosity and nostalgia.

Maybe I don't have to separate the personal from the historical. I can safely say that his book captures what it was like for nerdy white middle-class Jewi
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Patrick
the first half if the book is kind of slow. I have the feeling if you were a child of the 60's and southern California the first half might be more enjoyable. The first half of the book read a bit like "remember this thing from the 60's? Remember this place in southern California?" when Ken reaches his late teens the book becomes much stronger and feels more like a book about growing up in the 60's. A enjoyable read and a good use of an Amazon Prime credit.
Jeff
Fun quick read and Ken makes some good points along the way. I grew up in the 70's rather than the 60's but the stories still resonate.
Daniel Swensen
A hilarious read. I read a passage to my wife and she laughed so hard she had an asthma attack. Levine manages to be funny, self-deprecating, sarcastic, insightful and heartfelt by turns -- but never saccharine or schmaltzy. Recommended, even if your interest in the Sixties is passing at best.
Russ Woody
I sat each night on my porch with a cigar, a glass of wine, and read one chapter a night. It was a delightful read. Nostalgic, yes, but Levine is a funny, funny writer. Loved it.
Susan Saiger
Funny, sharp and fun to read...totally enjoyed it. I did not grow up on So Cali but I wish I had, especially after reading this book.
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