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Kitchen Boy

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
a novel, the story of a Maine boy working summers in a small coastal hotel, a story of the summer people, the hotel proprietors, and the coming of age of one smalltown maine boy in the late 1950s early 1960s
Paperback, 378 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Blackberry
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Lisa Jacques-simone
Aug 27, 2012 Lisa Jacques-simone rated it did not like it
never really goes anywhere
Dec 17, 2015 Robin rated it liked it
Most of us have stories to tell. One can't live for years without having something - or, rather, many somethings - happen that make up the layers of a life. Many of these lives could make extremely interesting books; many do make for interesting reading.

Kitchen Boy, by Sanford Phippen, brings us to a simpler time. Phippen grew up on the Eastern Coast of Maine, an interesting section of New England. Kitchen Boy deals with his "crucial years from ages 16 - 22" when he worked at Frenchman's Bay Man
P. Christopher Colter
Sep 07, 2012 P. Christopher Colter rated it it was amazing
I am a native Mainer who is in love with the Maine coast. Unfortunately, I live over 100 miles from it, so I do not get there as often as I would like. Sanford Phippen's Kitchen Boy has been like a trip to the coast every time I've opened it. It's the quasi-autobiographical story of several summers in the life of "Andy", a young man who works in the kitchen of the Frenchman's Bay Manor, a favorite summer vacation spot for out-of-staters looking for a genuine Maine coast experience. Spanning his ...more
Rosie Amber
Oct 12, 2012 Rosie Amber rated it really liked it
Wow! what a book. I was truely drawn into the world of the Maine coast during holiday season throughout the 1960's. The narrator guides you through the years of his youth spent working in a hotel and later at a mouthwatering wharf where he sold clams and lobsters. I was desperate to eat one of those thousands of lobsters that were mentioned in the book along with oceans of warm melted butter.I wanted to be there and share those experiences.
Cullen Gallagher
Mar 12, 2008 Cullen Gallagher rated it really liked it
The Catcher and the Rye of coastal Maine. Wonderfully funny and touching coming of age story filled with Phippen's characteristic wit and insight. A gifted storyteller, the novel is full of lively minor characters with memorable personalities and distinctive voices.
Jun 24, 2012 Sue rated it liked it
This almost reads as a series of short stories about a young man in coastal Maine. It is rather disjointed, but has an unmistakable charm that keeps you coming back.
Sep 06, 2008 Parker rated it it was ok
Many of the stories in "Kitchen Boy" overlap with "The Police Know Everything." Phippen may have been more revolutionary when this was written.
Mar 26, 2013 Jim rated it did not like it
Shelves: bookclubish
A bit dull and better done by many people particularly "Early to the Dance" by David Payne (one of favorite books).
Jun 15, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
A good summer coming of age story about a young man working at a Maine hotel. Funny without being silly.
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