The Light Years: A Memoir

The Light Years: A Memoir

The Light Years is a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American history Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, amid the upheaval of the late 196 The Light Years is a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American h...

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Title:The Light Years: A Memoir
Author:Chris Rush
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0374294410
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Light Years: A Memoir Reviews

  • Madeleine
    Nov 06, 2018

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

  • Michelle
    Jun 26, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

    I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement....

    Just a wild memoir. Rush, a well respected artist and designer, tell the story of his teenage years which essentially consisted of taking and dealing drugs. His odyssey across the US and his stay in the mountains in Tucson, living off the land , while stoned or tripping on LSD, makes f...

    This is the memoir of an artist's crazy childhood in the heyday of the hippy era. Each chapter was an almost unbelievable adventure. The guy had LSD before alcohol, lived alone on a mountain, hitchhiked and was assaulted, fell under the spell of a UFO guru, and on and on. The story was...

    Heart wrenching story of a gay teenager in 1970s whose parents were too homophobic and self-involved to accept him, and instead let him wander in the wilderness--literally and figurally--for years. I wish Rush had written more about how he turned his life around after nearly killing hi...

    This was a very fast read for me. It gave me some serious wanderlust. I felt sad for Chris through a lot of the book, but his seemingly endless adventures, and mostly optimistic view of his circumstances, never let the story become too depressing. I could probably say more but you shou...

  • Jenni
    Mar 07, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

    I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement....

    Just a wild memoir. Rush, a well respected artist and designer, tell the story of his teenage years which essentially consisted of taking and dealing drugs. His odyssey across the US and his stay in the mountains in Tucson, living off the land , while stoned or tripping on LSD, makes f...

    This is the memoir of an artist's crazy childhood in the heyday of the hippy era. Each chapter was an almost unbelievable adventure. The guy had LSD before alcohol, lived alone on a mountain, hitchhiked and was assaulted, fell under the spell of a UFO guru, and on and on. The story was...

    Heart wrenching story of a gay teenager in 1970s whose parents were too homophobic and self-involved to accept him, and instead let him wander in the wilderness--literally and figurally--for years. I wish Rush had written more about how he turned his life around after nearly killing hi...

    This was a very fast read for me. It gave me some serious wanderlust. I felt sad for Chris through a lot of the book, but his seemingly endless adventures, and mostly optimistic view of his circumstances, never let the story become too depressing. I could probably say more but you shou...

    I knew I liked Chris Rush from the first chapter. We're introduced to him as a child who appears to be more certain of who he is than most adults I've met. As Rush recounts his childhood into adolescence and then young adulthood, the environment around him, people he encounters, the er...

    Wow-it?s amazing Chris survived his crazy drug filled adventure!! I thought it was well written and kept me interested. I?m so glad he found his way!!!! ...

    Great read ...

    3.5 stars ...

  • Andrew
    Dec 23, 2018

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

    I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement....

    Just a wild memoir. Rush, a well respected artist and designer, tell the story of his teenage years which essentially consisted of taking and dealing drugs. His odyssey across the US and his stay in the mountains in Tucson, living off the land , while stoned or tripping on LSD, makes f...

  • Maureen Stanton
    Apr 15, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

    I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement....

    Just a wild memoir. Rush, a well respected artist and designer, tell the story of his teenage years which essentially consisted of taking and dealing drugs. His odyssey across the US and his stay in the mountains in Tucson, living off the land , while stoned or tripping on LSD, makes f...

    This is the memoir of an artist's crazy childhood in the heyday of the hippy era. Each chapter was an almost unbelievable adventure. The guy had LSD before alcohol, lived alone on a mountain, hitchhiked and was assaulted, fell under the spell of a UFO guru, and on and on. The story was...

    Heart wrenching story of a gay teenager in 1970s whose parents were too homophobic and self-involved to accept him, and instead let him wander in the wilderness--literally and figurally--for years. I wish Rush had written more about how he turned his life around after nearly killing hi...

  • kelly
    May 25, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

  • sylvie
    Apr 09, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Feb 07, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

  • Jake
    Jan 23, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

    I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement....

    Just a wild memoir. Rush, a well respected artist and designer, tell the story of his teenage years which essentially consisted of taking and dealing drugs. His odyssey across the US and his stay in the mountains in Tucson, living off the land , while stoned or tripping on LSD, makes f...

    This is the memoir of an artist's crazy childhood in the heyday of the hippy era. Each chapter was an almost unbelievable adventure. The guy had LSD before alcohol, lived alone on a mountain, hitchhiked and was assaulted, fell under the spell of a UFO guru, and on and on. The story was...

  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Oct 10, 2018

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

    I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement....

    Just a wild memoir. Rush, a well respected artist and designer, tell the story of his teenage years which essentially consisted of taking and dealing drugs. His odyssey across the US and his stay in the mountains in Tucson, living off the land , while stoned or tripping on LSD, makes f...

    This is the memoir of an artist's crazy childhood in the heyday of the hippy era. Each chapter was an almost unbelievable adventure. The guy had LSD before alcohol, lived alone on a mountain, hitchhiked and was assaulted, fell under the spell of a UFO guru, and on and on. The story was...

    Heart wrenching story of a gay teenager in 1970s whose parents were too homophobic and self-involved to accept him, and instead let him wander in the wilderness--literally and figurally--for years. I wish Rush had written more about how he turned his life around after nearly killing hi...

    This was a very fast read for me. It gave me some serious wanderlust. I felt sad for Chris through a lot of the book, but his seemingly endless adventures, and mostly optimistic view of his circumstances, never let the story become too depressing. I could probably say more but you shou...

    I knew I liked Chris Rush from the first chapter. We're introduced to him as a child who appears to be more certain of who he is than most adults I've met. As Rush recounts his childhood into adolescence and then young adulthood, the environment around him, people he encounters, the er...

    Wow-it?s amazing Chris survived his crazy drug filled adventure!! I thought it was well written and kept me interested. I?m so glad he found his way!!!! ...

    Great read ...

    3.5 stars ...

    reminds me that sometimes shedding your skin can be good, but sometimes the routines keep us alive. ...

    A coming of age that gripped me from the first pages.A young life full of drugs hard memories seeking to find himself.A raw revealing life story that the author lived and fought to survive.Thanks to Goodreads for advance copy, ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Jun 05, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

  • Lauren Archer
    Mar 17, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

  • Shannon A
    Jul 31, 2018

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

  • Matthew
    Apr 12, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

    I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement....

    Just a wild memoir. Rush, a well respected artist and designer, tell the story of his teenage years which essentially consisted of taking and dealing drugs. His odyssey across the US and his stay in the mountains in Tucson, living off the land , while stoned or tripping on LSD, makes f...

    This is the memoir of an artist's crazy childhood in the heyday of the hippy era. Each chapter was an almost unbelievable adventure. The guy had LSD before alcohol, lived alone on a mountain, hitchhiked and was assaulted, fell under the spell of a UFO guru, and on and on. The story was...

    Heart wrenching story of a gay teenager in 1970s whose parents were too homophobic and self-involved to accept him, and instead let him wander in the wilderness--literally and figurally--for years. I wish Rush had written more about how he turned his life around after nearly killing hi...

    This was a very fast read for me. It gave me some serious wanderlust. I felt sad for Chris through a lot of the book, but his seemingly endless adventures, and mostly optimistic view of his circumstances, never let the story become too depressing. I could probably say more but you shou...

    I knew I liked Chris Rush from the first chapter. We're introduced to him as a child who appears to be more certain of who he is than most adults I've met. As Rush recounts his childhood into adolescence and then young adulthood, the environment around him, people he encounters, the er...

    Wow-it?s amazing Chris survived his crazy drug filled adventure!! I thought it was well written and kept me interested. I?m so glad he found his way!!!! ...

    Great read ...

    3.5 stars ...

    reminds me that sometimes shedding your skin can be good, but sometimes the routines keep us alive. ...

  • Ryan Christopher Coleman
    Feb 05, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

    I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement....

    Just a wild memoir. Rush, a well respected artist and designer, tell the story of his teenage years which essentially consisted of taking and dealing drugs. His odyssey across the US and his stay in the mountains in Tucson, living off the land , while stoned or tripping on LSD, makes f...

    This is the memoir of an artist's crazy childhood in the heyday of the hippy era. Each chapter was an almost unbelievable adventure. The guy had LSD before alcohol, lived alone on a mountain, hitchhiked and was assaulted, fell under the spell of a UFO guru, and on and on. The story was...

    Heart wrenching story of a gay teenager in 1970s whose parents were too homophobic and self-involved to accept him, and instead let him wander in the wilderness--literally and figurally--for years. I wish Rush had written more about how he turned his life around after nearly killing hi...

    This was a very fast read for me. It gave me some serious wanderlust. I felt sad for Chris through a lot of the book, but his seemingly endless adventures, and mostly optimistic view of his circumstances, never let the story become too depressing. I could probably say more but you shou...

    I knew I liked Chris Rush from the first chapter. We're introduced to him as a child who appears to be more certain of who he is than most adults I've met. As Rush recounts his childhood into adolescence and then young adulthood, the environment around him, people he encounters, the er...

    Wow-it?s amazing Chris survived his crazy drug filled adventure!! I thought it was well written and kept me interested. I?m so glad he found his way!!!! ...

    Great read ...

    3.5 stars ...

    reminds me that sometimes shedding your skin can be good, but sometimes the routines keep us alive. ...

    A coming of age that gripped me from the first pages.A young life full of drugs hard memories seeking to find himself.A raw revealing life story that the author lived and fought to survive.Thanks to Goodreads for advance copy, ...

    i loved this book. i cant believe chris rush had never written anything before this. the prose is rich, the pace is clipped, the story is thrilling, and rush?s voice is absolutely magnetic. fun and funny, rush has mastered a kind of camp phrasal styling i?ve encountered in book...

  • Bert
    Apr 16, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

  • Elena
    Nov 15, 2018

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

  • Shelli
    May 21, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

  • Csimplot Simplot
    Oct 10, 2018

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

  • Bethany
    Mar 25, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

  • Michael
    Jan 23, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

  • Barbara
    Apr 12, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

    I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement....

    Just a wild memoir. Rush, a well respected artist and designer, tell the story of his teenage years which essentially consisted of taking and dealing drugs. His odyssey across the US and his stay in the mountains in Tucson, living off the land , while stoned or tripping on LSD, makes f...

    This is the memoir of an artist's crazy childhood in the heyday of the hippy era. Each chapter was an almost unbelievable adventure. The guy had LSD before alcohol, lived alone on a mountain, hitchhiked and was assaulted, fell under the spell of a UFO guru, and on and on. The story was...

    Heart wrenching story of a gay teenager in 1970s whose parents were too homophobic and self-involved to accept him, and instead let him wander in the wilderness--literally and figurally--for years. I wish Rush had written more about how he turned his life around after nearly killing hi...

    This was a very fast read for me. It gave me some serious wanderlust. I felt sad for Chris through a lot of the book, but his seemingly endless adventures, and mostly optimistic view of his circumstances, never let the story become too depressing. I could probably say more but you shou...

    I knew I liked Chris Rush from the first chapter. We're introduced to him as a child who appears to be more certain of who he is than most adults I've met. As Rush recounts his childhood into adolescence and then young adulthood, the environment around him, people he encounters, the er...

    Wow-it?s amazing Chris survived his crazy drug filled adventure!! I thought it was well written and kept me interested. I?m so glad he found his way!!!! ...

    Great read ...

  • Karen Kay
    Feb 10, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

  • April Bank
    May 10, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

    I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement....

    Just a wild memoir. Rush, a well respected artist and designer, tell the story of his teenage years which essentially consisted of taking and dealing drugs. His odyssey across the US and his stay in the mountains in Tucson, living off the land , while stoned or tripping on LSD, makes f...

    This is the memoir of an artist's crazy childhood in the heyday of the hippy era. Each chapter was an almost unbelievable adventure. The guy had LSD before alcohol, lived alone on a mountain, hitchhiked and was assaulted, fell under the spell of a UFO guru, and on and on. The story was...

    Heart wrenching story of a gay teenager in 1970s whose parents were too homophobic and self-involved to accept him, and instead let him wander in the wilderness--literally and figurally--for years. I wish Rush had written more about how he turned his life around after nearly killing hi...

    This was a very fast read for me. It gave me some serious wanderlust. I felt sad for Chris through a lot of the book, but his seemingly endless adventures, and mostly optimistic view of his circumstances, never let the story become too depressing. I could probably say more but you shou...

    I knew I liked Chris Rush from the first chapter. We're introduced to him as a child who appears to be more certain of who he is than most adults I've met. As Rush recounts his childhood into adolescence and then young adulthood, the environment around him, people he encounters, the er...

    Wow-it?s amazing Chris survived his crazy drug filled adventure!! I thought it was well written and kept me interested. I?m so glad he found his way!!!! ...

  • Jessica Bumgardner
    Sep 13, 2018

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

  • Jypsy
    Jan 24, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

  • Amy Bruestle
    May 23, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

  • Elle Rudy
    Apr 28, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

    I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement....

    Just a wild memoir. Rush, a well respected artist and designer, tell the story of his teenage years which essentially consisted of taking and dealing drugs. His odyssey across the US and his stay in the mountains in Tucson, living off the land , while stoned or tripping on LSD, makes f...

    This is the memoir of an artist's crazy childhood in the heyday of the hippy era. Each chapter was an almost unbelievable adventure. The guy had LSD before alcohol, lived alone on a mountain, hitchhiked and was assaulted, fell under the spell of a UFO guru, and on and on. The story was...

    Heart wrenching story of a gay teenager in 1970s whose parents were too homophobic and self-involved to accept him, and instead let him wander in the wilderness--literally and figurally--for years. I wish Rush had written more about how he turned his life around after nearly killing hi...

    This was a very fast read for me. It gave me some serious wanderlust. I felt sad for Chris through a lot of the book, but his seemingly endless adventures, and mostly optimistic view of his circumstances, never let the story become too depressing. I could probably say more but you shou...

    I knew I liked Chris Rush from the first chapter. We're introduced to him as a child who appears to be more certain of who he is than most adults I've met. As Rush recounts his childhood into adolescence and then young adulthood, the environment around him, people he encounters, the er...

  • Cassie (book__gal)
    Feb 10, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

  • Furiously Reading
    Apr 03, 2019

    I read and reviewed this memoir for Lambda Literary, where my full review can be found. A fast-paced coming-of-age tale about growing up gay during the sixties and seventies, The Light Years recounts a tumultuous adolescence and muses about what it means it to find self-acceptance a...

    I want to start of by saying that I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 5 stars! ? ? ? ? ? WOW! Honestly, I am really picky when it comes to memoirs. I enjoy them, but personally, the more real, raw, down to earth, and deep they ...

    Thoughts soon. ...

    Thinking I would just read the first few pages while waiting for the bus, I knew I had gone down the rabbit hole when I finished nearly fifteen pages in less than an hour and nearly missed my stop for home. A journey of wild times, unbelievable twists & turns, hitchhiking, drugs...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, am...

    Every now and then a memoir appears that makes anyone who has experienced parenthood wonder What the Hell? How did this person survive, and how could parents allow their child to disappear into the unknown? The events in Chris Rush's personal history take place almost 50 years ago, and...

    When I first saw the Goodreads Giveaways listing for The Light Years, Chris Rush's memoir of growing up in let's-just-say-unusual circumstances, I was under the impression that this book was going to be akin to A Million Little Pieces, minus the pathological lying. You know the sort: h...

    ***An early edition of this book was given to me for review. I'd like to thank the author and publishing company for this opportunity. All opinions, however, are my own.*** Typically, I'd write my own back-cover-type synopsis here, but I think the one on this book's page does it w...

    I?ve really gotten on board the memoir train this past month and The Light Years sealed the deal for me - I?m officially a fan of memoirs now! I used to never read them. This particular memoir is written by artist Chris Rush, who came of age in the 1960s/1970s, leaving his Catholic...

    I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 s...

    DNF @ pg. 90. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad book. Chris Rush tells the story of his drug days in the late 60's with a razor-sharp wit and keen insight. It's nothing personal, but after awhile Rush's tales of drugs, road trips, and more drugs became a bit tedious and too self...

    Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader?s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this ...

    Love, loved it. ...

    **I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway** I devoured this book. On the back cover of the book is a review from Nick Flynn that says, "Brace yourself: to enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed." I was absolutely not prepared to begin this journey. To start off with...

    The Light Years is an engaging memoir about the author's life. He spent his teen years in the 70's taking and dealing drugs. Some crazy things happened to him. He survived an overdose, he lived off the grid in Arizona in the mountains, eventually he rejoined society and went on to live...

    HOLY MOLY. Chris Rush must have several guardian angels (and guardian aliens) looking over him. A staggering & lucid recollection of one heck of an adolescence spent under the influence of everything under the sun. Vivid, introspective, trippy, fantastic. ...

    Excellent book!!! ...

    This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five. ...

    I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement....