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Jennings Sunday: Book clubs spotlight inspiration behind 'A Christmas Story'


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Two Jennings County book clubs will focus this month on the novel that inspired both the 1983 holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” as well as the sequel being released this month.

“In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” includes Hoosier author Jean Shepherd’s witty reunion with his Indiana hometown.

Shepherd (1921-1999), who was raised in Hammond, narrated the original film.

The reunion disproves the adage “You can never go back.”

Bending the ear of Flick, his childhood-buddy-turned-bartender, the character of Ralph recalls passionately his genuine Red Ryder BB gun and relives a story of man against fish that not even Hemingway could rival.

From pop art to the World’s Fair, Shepherd’s subjects speak with a universal irony. They are deeply and unabashedly grounded in Midwestern life.

The combination renders a wonderfully nostalgic impression of a more innocent era when life was good, fun was clean and station wagons roamed the earth.

The Thursday Night Bookworms will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in Conference Room 4 at the library. Teens and adults are welcome to join this book club.

The Book Club at the Senior Center will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 18. All adults are welcome; you don’t have to be a senior to join this book club.

The Senior Center is located at 515 Buckeye St.

Brenda Campbell is director of educational development and marketing for the Jennings County Library.

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