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Bread Bags and Bullies

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Hello Friends,

 Here is a fun 90-second video, explaining why I wrote my new novel, Bread Bags & Bullies: Surviving the 80s…and why you may enjoy giving it a read.

 Bread Bags & Bullies




synopsis: It’s the winter of 1984. Twelve-year old Herbie and his two brothers—Wally and Cockroach—are enjoying the mayhem of winter break when a late Nor’easter blows through New England, trapping their quirky family in the house. The power goes out and playing Space Invaders to AC DC’s Back in Black album is suddenly silenced—forcing them to use their twisted imaginations in beating back the boredom. At a time when the brothers must overcome one fear after the next, they learn that courage is the one character trait that guarantees all others.


This hysterical coming-of-age tale is jam-packed with enough nostalgia to satisfy anyone who grew up in the ‘80s or at least had the good fortune to travel through them.



"If you loved the ever popular A Christmas Story, be prepared for another classic. Bread Bags & Bullies is a must read! Funny, poignant, and heartwarming—Steven Manchester is a master storyteller.” – Jamie Farr, Actor, M.A.S.H.


“Bread Bags & Bullies is a detailed eye-opening experience of the Big Hair decade. Enjoyable whether you were there or not—or just can’t quite remember it.” – Barry Williams, Actor, The Brady Bunch


“Steven Manchester’s Bread Bags & Bullies captures a simpler time, just before technology began dominating America’s time and attention. This nostalgic story is hilarious, told by a family of characters you won’t soon forget. A must read!” – Ed Asner, Actor, Lou Grant


“Steve Manchester’s Bread Bags & Bullies is a fantastic blast from the past, evoking all the fun and nostalgia of the ‘80s—even my big hair!” – Audrey Landers, Actress, Dallas


“In Bread Bags & Bullies, the writing is so vivid, the pace and rhythm so quick, that I truly felt I was watching it on screen.” – Joan van Ark, Actress, Knots Landing


“Steven Manchester’s latest book, Bread Bags & Bullies, made me recall the town I ‘grew up in’— mythical Mayfield. Instantly taking you back to 1984, the characters and situations are so believable that you’ll want to keep turning the pages.” – Tony Dow, Actor, Leave It to Beaver

A deeply touching novel of new adulthood by the

author of multiple #1 bestsellers.

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Hardcover: 272 pages

Publisher: Story Plant (February 21, 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1611882427

ISBN-13: 978-1611882421

"Always with a rich sense of place and refreshingly honest banter, Manchester will make you laugh and mourn and ponder with characters that feel as if they've been plucked straight from the real world. This is the kind of book that has you soul searching with every word.”

- Meredith Wild, #1 NYT Bestselling Author, The Hacker Series


"I loved it.”

 - Anne Hillerman, NYT Bestselling Author, Rock with Wings


“Laughter and tenderness, heartwarming and hilarious. Recommended!”

- Ruth Harris, #1 Amazon and million-copy NYT bestselling author, Park Avenue series


"Sometimes raw, always engaging, Steven Manchester’s novel is a wry and wise journey through the ruins of the American Dream.”

 - William Kent Krueger, NYT Bestselling & Edgar Award-Winning Author, Ordinary Grace


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2017 Los Angeles Book Festival – Festival Winner

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