What Makes a Baby Boomer?
Americans born in the post WWII baby boom – from 1946 to 1964 – were a generation growing up in a time of unprecedented hope and optimism, affluence and commercialism, individualism and social change.
These are some of their stories:
Explores the idea that the Baby Boom will prove to be the single greatest demographic event in American history (more significant, even, than the staggering loss of life during the Civil War) through the stories of six individuals whose experiences reflect the broad themes of the age: television, advertising, religion, architecture, feminism, and the Vietnam War.
With his typical wit and keen analysis, O’Rourke looks at the way the post-war generation somehow came of age by never quite growing up and somehow created a better society by turning society upside down.
The Baby Boom: Americans Born 1946 to 1964
by Cheryl Russell
Who are the Baby Boomers? This volume presents statistical information about their quality of life, with information on such topics as education, health, housing, income, living arrangements, and spending.
The Good House
by Anne Leary
Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She’s also a raging alcoholic who has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key to her drinking problem. As if battling her demons wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Hildy soon finds herself embroiled in the underbelly of her New England town, a craggy little place that harbors secrets.
Baby-Boomer Dolls: Plastic Playthings of the 1950’s & 1960’s
by Michele Karl
This full-size book includes background information and over 400 photos on more than more than 50 companies manufacturing dolls during the 1950s and 1960s, from well-known firms like Mattel, Ideal and Madame Alexander to smaller, lesser-known producers.
The Best Place to Be
by Lesley Dormen
The story of 50 year old Grace Hanford, told in a series of random, snapshot-like chapters. On a train bound for DC, Grace decides the “best place to be” is in-between, with no pressing issues to attend to, with nothing major to regret about the past and nothing major to fear about the future.
Queenan lists the “essential habits, values, neuroses, prejudices, blind spots, fashion notions and idiosyncrasies that make Baby Boomers so thoroughly unbearable. He skewers well-deserving targets, but readers will have to decide on their own how seriously to take Queenan’s rant.
The Greater Generation: in Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy
by Leonard Steinhorn
A look at the contributions of the Baby Boom generation describes how they became in many ways as great if not a greater generation than those before them in their profound and lasting influence on American society.
Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty
by Tim Sandlin
In 2022 a widower from Oklahoma finds himself committed to a California old-folks facility where the flamboyant residents have reverted to the pursuits of their glory days, including pot smoking, group sex, a rock band called Acid Reflux, and the motto “don’t trust anyone under sixty.” When Guy inadvertently jump-starts an insurrection, the old hippies, old hands at civil disobedience, take over the compound.
a fresh look at the many individuals and organizations who worked in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s to construct this philosophy of pragmatic environmentalism embodied in The Whole Earth Catalog, as it grew from a Bay Area blip to a national phenomenon catering to hippies, do-it-yourselfers, and anyone interested in self-sufficiency independent of mainstream America.
My Father’s Footprints: a Memoir
by Colin McEnroe
The author begins with the passing of his father, playwright Robert McEnroe, and moves back through the years. We see a relationship developing in reverse, beginning with the son, a grown man, taking care of his father. Gradually, father and son assume their traditional roles: the author is a boy, and his father is the protector. The author shows us his father as he was before his death, with failing body and mind, and then leads us back through the years to let us see the strong, intelligent man he used to be.
When We Were Young: a Baby-Boomer Yearbook
by Rita Lang Kleinfelder
Through a cultural record of the last forty-six years, the author illustrates how the 176 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 have influenced and transformed popular culture and made America a baby boomer-dominated society.
Explores the heart and mind of the Baby Boom generation with this true story of the life of an ordinary woman whose experiences are a fascinating prism for readers of any generation. At the age of five, pretty Linda was her parents’ princess, at sixteen she was a cheerleader, but by the time she was twenty she and her high-school-sweetheart husband were moving down an uncharted road marked the 1960s.