A hilarious memoir about returning to the glory days of summer camp-endearing, entertaining, and slyly insightful, it's a book for all of us who treasure a special place and time in our youth, and wonder if it's ever possible to go back. Imagine if Nick Hornby and Tom Perotta went to camp.
Three months before Josh Wolk's planned September wedding, he fled all of his adult responsibilities to spend a summer at the most idyllic and carefree spot of his youth-Camp Kabeyun in New Hampshire. Josh had long dreamed of going back to Kabeyun, but it was on the eve of marriage-his last official, inarguable step into the responsibility-plagued world of adulthood, that Josh indulged in a two-month farewell-to-childhood blowout (with his fiancée's remarkably understanding permission). Luckily, Camp Kabeyun expressed no qualms about hiring him back as a counselor, and Josh set out to perfectly duplicate his teenage experience by teaching the same activity-swimming-living in the same cabin, and counseling a bunch of 14-year-old campers. After introducing us to an endearing cast of campers and Josh's off-beat co-counselors, CABIN PRESSURE takes readers on a ride down the camp road, from ebullience to bewilderment. Camp life just isn't quite the same when you're 34, and Josh hilariously recounts his awkward attempts at fitting in with his 20-something co-workers, who didn't know what to make of a dude with graying back hair who just wanted to talk about the old days. Over the course of the summer, Josh gradually relinquishes his death grip on the past and begins to embrace his complicated, terrifying, but exhilarating future-and along the way makes some very funny observations on youth and just what makes nostalgia such a powerfully seductive force.
"Ah, summer camp. A time of sunshine, laughter, campfires under starry skies, sunburns, petty arguments, raging hormones and crazy pranks. And that's just the counselors! Find out what happens when a grown man returns to summer camp in order to recapture his youth before marrying and becoming a father, in this warm and funny trip down Nostalgia River."
—Stacie Williams, Harry Schwartz Booksellers, Milwaukee
"I Loved, Loved, Loved it! . . . Fun, relatable and likable. The book was reminiscent of Meatballs, Salute Your Shorts and childhood. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to recapture their youth--at camp or in life in general."
—Amy V. Thornton, Waldenbooks
Josh Wolk is a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly where he writes about pop culture and television. His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Boston Globe, Time Out New York, Sports Illustrated, and Golf. He received his masters in journalism at Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their daughter. This is his first book.