Robert Burdick

Growing Up in Beloit

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Robert Burdick’s Growing Up in Beloit, serves as both an homage to coming of age in a gentler era, and as a poignant love letter to his beloved Midwestern hometown. In a lively narrative, Burdick brings to life the universal exuberance and industry of youth, from comic adventures, pranks, and pratfalls, to the more serious business of navigating academics at school and experiencing hard work at a variety of jobs. Burdick has the gift of perfect recall, providing minute details about the construction of a lakeside treehouse, and the mechanics of both his Soap Box Derby car, and the engine-powered go-cart he dubbed the “Putt-Putt Car.” Throughout his lively memoir, Burdick also paints meaningful word portraits of family, friends, and mentors. His vivid descriptions of daily life in Beloit, Wisconsin in the 1940s and 1950s will appeal to locals interested in community history…and to anyone yearning to slip back in time for an amiable visit with a likeable young man.

Fred Burwell
Beloit College Archivist and author


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Weight .568 lbs
Dimensions 6.69 × .33 × 9.61 in



Robert Burdick

1 review for Growing Up in Beloit

  1. Rob Van Sice

    I’ve never been to Beloit, but after reading Bob Burdick’s wonderful stories of the town, I sure know a lot about it!  He’s gifted with a wonderful mastery of his early memories, and the ability to clearly share them. Someday I’ll go to Beloit, and it will all be familiar and fun to see. Read his book, you’ll enjoy it!

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