The Sons of Starmount: Memoir of a Ten-Year-Old Boy is the story of a wild band of boys living on a once-in-a-lifetime street. Most of us have a time and place in our childhood that sets the course for the adult we grow up to be. I found mine: Starmount Drive, Tallahassee, Florida,1977. Starmount is filled with poignant, hilarious, and soul-stirring stories of adventure and friendship, uniquely told through the prism of 1977. We were blood brothers on homemade rafts, defying alligators, water moccasins, and common sense. Muhammad Ali fought on the TV while we built boxing rings in the backyard. The Space Shuttle Enterprise shot through the heavens as we launched wooden spacecraft down metal guy wires from high atop our fort. The campfire-like glow of our streetlight hosted weighty conversations that ranged from remaining friends forever and finding all the best fishing holes on the planet Mars to Ted Bundy's murderous rampage through the Florida State campus. Starmount is in the tradition of other coming-of-age standards, such as The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sadaris, and Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon. It also captures elements of Southern life in a style akin to My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg and The World's Largest Man by Harrison Scott Key.
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About the Author
Mark Elliott grew up in the vibrant cultural scene of Washington, DC, and began making a name for himself as a singer-songwriter through high school and college. While still a teen, he caught the attention of legendary songwriter, Tom Paxton, who lit a fire in the young writer, leading him to Nashville and a publishing deal with Cherry Lane Music.Today he is a well-published and critically acclaimed songwriter, having won distinguished songwriting awards, including the Kerrville New Folk Award. He has written for many of the top publishing houses in Nashville, enjoying major-label and independent artists recording his songs. Top industry publications including Billboard, Sing Out!, The Sounding Board–Martin Guitar Company, and the UK's Maverick magazine have all heralded his work. Alongside an active touring schedule with his band, Runaway Home, Mark is now writing books, blogs, and essays. The Sons of Starmount: Memoir of a Ten-Year-Old Boy is Mark's first full-length book. Kirkus Reviews said of the book, "Elliott's graceful prose is filled with the philosophical musings that come with the passage of four decades. And the joyful book is permeated with gentle humor that brings to life the exuberance of youth."
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite The Sons of Starmount: Memoir of a Ten-Year-Old Boy by Mark Elliott is a tantalizing memoir that filled me with nostalgia for the child I once was and for the connection with a place in my own life that once was home and a wide door for adventure. In telling the story of a wild band of boys growing up in Starmount Drive, Tallahassee, Florida, the author compels readers to look back at their own origins and to the children they once were. Set in the 1970s, the author's story takes readers on an exciting journey through childhood experiences, bringing to life friendships and adventures and the excitement that accompanies coming of age reality for young boys. This is a brilliantly written memoir and the setting is well captured. It plays a very symbolic role in the narrative and in the life of the author, perceived as a springboard from which he took the first flights into life. There are vivid descriptions of the street, the lights, and the historical period in which the story took place comes out neatly. The voice is captivating and strong, fortified by the rare sense of humor that permeates the entire narrative. The author writes about themes of friendship, adventure, family, and allows the link between man and his environment to come out beautifully in the writing. The Sons of Starmount: Memoir of a Ten-Year-Old Boy has a lightness in tone and an evocative style that makes for an enjoyable read. I was captivated by the unique turn of phrase, the terrific descriptions, and the hilarity that accompanies the episodes in the young life of the author. Mark Elliott does an impeccable job in sharing a unique story with universal appeal.
I loved this book. Mark Elliott is truly a gifted writer. He writes from the heart & you feel like you are back in time with these adventurous 10 year old boys. It is heartwarming,sad & humorous. There is good old fashioned parenting,childhood innocence, long lasting friendships & many life lessons. I really enjoyed this book. It was hard to put down.