Reviews of In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash (1966)
Review by jholihan (2009-04-23)
Shepherd rewrites his childhood through the well loved Ralphie. The book was much more than Red Ryder BB guns and leg-lamps, though the movie captured the charm of these stories.
Nostalgia stories with choppy transitions are usually off-putting. This book an exception for me. Shepherds characters - even if they are only briefly involved - tend to quickly incorporate themselves in my imagination. As good suspension smooths a bumpy ride, Shepherds characters even things out and let you forget the occasional single page chapter. As a necessity of the original format Shepherd packs a lot of meaning into each word and creates the basis for an iconic Christmas tale.