This is a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury all about one summer in a town both ordinary and extraordinary. The two characters who show up the most are Tom and Douglas, two brothers enjoying the summer and learning about life and death. In one story Douglas gets new sneakers full of warm breezes, wild grass, and springs to leap fences. He dazzles the shop owner as he bargains for them. In another the boys visit the time machine called Colonel Freely who tells them breathtaking stories about Buffalo herds and performances and who remembers everything about the Civil War except which side he was on. There’s a story about a young man and old woman who become fast friends and who think they were true loves in his previous life and she hopes that the next time around they’ll be about the same age.
Bradbury has a beautiful slightly ephemeral writing style and I absolutely love it.