"I therefore rest satisfied, and thank God that my lot is to be an American farmer" –J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer (1782).
Cameron Crowe, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1981). 3-253pp. First edition. Octavo. Original quarter tan cloth and blue paper boards. Fine in near fine jacket. Cameron Crowe’s epic book about coming of age in America reset the genre. Essentially a work of non-fiction, Crowe researched Fast Times at Ridgemont High by spending a year masquerading as a senior at Ridgemont High School in California when he was twenty-two years old. Thanks to the movie, which enjoyed far greater popularity than this charming book, the characters Crowe encountered, and subsequently re-created in his narrative, have become icons of American pop culture. Spicoli, Stacy, Mr. Hand, Damone–the Eighties would have been darker without you.