Chevrolet summers, Dairy Queen nights / Bob Greene.

Item request has been placed! ×
Item request cannot be made. ×
  Processing Request
Share on Goodreads
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      GREENE, B. Chevrolet summers, Dairy Queen nights. [s. l.]: Viking, 1997. ISBN 0670870323. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Greene B. Chevrolet Summers, Dairy Queen Nights. Viking; 1997. Accessed January 22, 2020.
    • APA:
      Greene, B. (1997). Chevrolet summers, Dairy Queen nights. Viking. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Greene, Bob. 1997. Chevrolet Summers, Dairy Queen Nights. Viking.
    • Harvard:
      Greene, B. (1997) Chevrolet summers, Dairy Queen nights. Viking. Available at: (Accessed: 22 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Greene, B 1997, Chevrolet summers, Dairy Queen nights, Viking, viewed 22 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Greene, Bob. Chevrolet Summers, Dairy Queen Nights. Viking, 1997. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Greene, Bob. Chevrolet Summers, Dairy Queen Nights. Viking, 1997.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Greene B. Chevrolet summers, Dairy Queen nights [Internet]. Viking; 1997 [cited 2020 Jan 22]. Available from:


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 June 1997

Although nowhere is it stated that this book is a compilation of Greene's newspaper columns, that's certainly what it feels like--more than 75 short pieces celebrating the minutiae of American life. As in almost all Greene's other mysteriously popular books--the smarmily personal nonfiction and the truly icky fiction--the tone here is ersatz insightful. It's Bob's world, and the rest of us are too stupid to understand that if only we were appreciative of the little things about life in the 1950s (Greene's piece of nirvana), we would all be so much happier. As Bob puts it, "It often seems to me that what we all may be searching for are those elusive Chevrolet summers and Dairy Queen nights we once knew and that once, at least in memory, made us and our country feel fine and special and right." The fact that not everyone may have grown up with that America--and that many who did neither long for nor idealize it--simply never occurs to Mr. Whitebread. Readers are treated to pieces about Greene and a buddy finding the little wooden desks they sat in during grammar school, or about a pal from Greene's hometown spotting a 1960 Ford Galaxy--the same car he drove in high school! Perhaps to ensure that readers don't lapse into a coma from too much sugar, there are also pieces about hard-hitting subjects such as the brutality of modern-day criminals and America's lack of appreciation for its vets. Mean crooks and unloved vets--just the kind of stuff that drives a person back to . . . Dairy Queen. ((Reviewed June 1 & 15, 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

LJ Reviews 1997 September

Greene (The 50 Year Dash, LJ 10/1/96), a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune, has compiled a book of essays from his columns that tell the tale of everyday life in 20th-century America. These are stories that don't make the headlines. They concern, for example, the symbiotic relationship between a 110-year-old mother and her 82-year-old daughter, who live as roommates in a nursing home; the 78 acres of land known as "The Mall of America"; the case of a small-town cop who saved a child's life by double-checking, on a hunch, a closed case of suspected child abuse; and an ode to Robert L. Manners, who owned 37 Big Boy restaurants. The theme that unites these stories is how "the small moments of our lives the thing no respectable editor would ever think to feature on the front grow in importance as time passes, resonate even louder in our memories and in our hearts." Greene writes deftly; his gift for home truth is refreshing. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Susan Dearstyne, Hudson Valley Community Coll., Albany, N.Y. Copyright 1998 Library Journal Reviews

PW Reviews 1997 June #1

Chicago Tribune syndicated columnist Greene (Rebound) here presents a collection of 104 columns, many of them laments for the days when life in America seemed simpler and Americans more civil. His premise is that "[t]he real truths of our lives don't make the morning paper or the six o'clock news." He tells of a surgeon who saved a woman's eyesight, a farmer who won 11 ribbons at an Ohio county fair, a 47-year-old man afflicted with Lou Gehrig's disease who located the selfsame car he had driven at age 17, a businessman who worked until he was 94 and a high school soccer player who requested that his game-winning goal be disallowed. But this is not a feel-good view of the country; Greene also writes of present-day urban violence, parents abusing their children, children persecuting their peers for real or fancied differences. Included in the mix are anecdotes about the famous Jack Benny, Frank Sinatra, Stan Musial. In all, the message in this collection is a depressing one: Greene seems convinced that the fabric of American life is unraveling and is likely to unravel further. (Aug.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews