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Loud and Sure of Myself
Gerry Stanek, author
At once humorous and heartfelt, Loud and Sure of Myself is a rambling and luminous childhood journey through a simpler time—the 1970s—and a loving look at a place they once called Coal Country, a pocket of small towns in Western Pennsylvania. Loud and Sure of Myself is a collection of essays that evokes a world of used-to-be: youthful adventures set in Catholic schools, at little league games, and inside a unique local radio station that helped to define a culture. Stanek's sophomore effort is affectionate and laden with imagery—a clear rendering of a lifestyle that has disappeared.