Chicago Toy Store Memoir Recalls 1950ís and Ď60s Playthings Caryn Amsterís memoir The Pied Piper of South Shore, Toys and Tragedy in Chicago, tells about her familyís toy store in the 1950ís and Ď60s. It weaves in many of the eraís toy favorites and an append
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Caryn Amsterís new true family memoir The Pied Piper of South Shore, Toys and Tragedy in Chicago about her familyís Chicago toy store in the 1950ís and Ď60s. interweaves many toy favorites into the story from Alphabet Blocks and Lionel Trains to wind-up toys. An appendix reveals how the most popular toys of the 50ís and 60ís got their start.
The story begins in 1970, when a gang assassin gunned down her father, known as the Pied Piper of South Shore, in the Barbie aisle of his Chicago toy store. She describes the history of her parents and the store in gritty detail. Amster takes readers from her parentís Russian persecution to American freedom, from Hula Hoops to hit men, from murder to trial. It's the story of two children of immigrants, their American dream, and their richly diverse neighborhood in which each fell prey to the brutality of gangs.
The foreword is by Tony and Emmy award winning singer and actor Mandy Patinkin. Indiana based fine artist and former South Shore resident, Mitch Markovitz, created the 1950ís retro book cover. Antique toy buffs will love the memories. Visit the bookís website at www.chicagospiedpiper.com