In The Thrill of the Night by Debbie Bulger.
Opening this collection of vignettes about growing up in the 1950s is like unfastening the latch of a jewel box. Each essay is an exquisite gem, its facets reflecting the reader’s own childhood experiences and casting light on an earlier time. If you remember going out to play without parental supervision, this book is for you. If you don’t remember that time and wonder about the freedom children used to have, this book will let you in on the secrets. If you can’t imagine how kids entertained themselves before the smart phone and the internet, read this book.