This Book Isn’t Getting The Love it Deserves

In May of last year, Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Dave Hill’s memoir and humorous essay collection, was published in hardcover by Penguin Random House. I wrote a positive review on this blogsite, and Dave (with whom I’m acquainted only on social media, not in person) went on the recommended author tour. One year later, there’s no paperback edition and no date for an upcoming paperback release.  Although everything I hear about the book is positive, it looks as if word isn’t reaching enough readers. If you appreciate serious/humorous/perceptive/metaphorical/touching life analysis, you can’t miss Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.  If you … Continue reading This Book Isn’t Getting The Love it Deserves

The Day They Came to Arrest the Book (Review)

The Day They Came to Arrest the Book By Hentoff, Nat Copyright 1982 Young Adult Fiction Published by Laurel Leaf Books $6.99 Paperback ISBN: 0-440-91814-6 (Cover Image Unavailable) I was saddened to read about the passing of Nat Hentoff, the former Village Voice columnist who was noted for being controversial with everyone, including the liberals who usually agreed with him. I knew Mr. Hentoff had written one novel because I’d seen a paperback copy of it.  It was a jazz-themed mystery.  I didn’t know he had written other fiction, though. The Day They Came to Arrest the Book is a Young Adult modern … Continue reading The Day They Came to Arrest the Book (Review)

Man In The Dark By Paul Auster (Book Review)

Man In The Dark Author: Paul Auster Publisher: Picador USA $16.00 Paperback Copyright 2008 ISBN: 978-0312428518 180 Pages If you like the idea of reading a short novel and gaining insight into the human condition by the time you’ve finished reading, Paul Auster’s Man In The Dark is recommended. Central character August Brill’s family has suffered terrible losses. Mr. Brill is a book critic, and an excellent storyteller.  His creativity vents personal horror, and encourages a bond with his adult granddaughter. I won’t say anything else about the characters or the story.  Just read it and make your own observations. Continue reading Man In The Dark By Paul Auster (Book Review)

A Book Review, But Not By Me

Undisclosed Files Of The Police: Cases From The Archives Of The NYPD From 1931 To The Present By Bernard J. Whalen,  Philip Messing and Robert Mladnich Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal 320 Pages $40.00 ISBN-13: 978-0316391238 I’ll include a link to a book review on The New York Times site, posted today.  I haven’t read the book in question, but it sounds fascinating. So, Johnnie Cochran once prosecuted Lenny Bruce? Continue reading A Book Review, But Not By Me

Attica, 1971

I don’t know how many of you are old enough to remember the riot at Attica Prison in New York State. Adam Gopnik at The New Yorker has reviewed two books (one new, the other published five years ago) on the topic, and offers perspective on an issue which stirs up each person’s emotions differently.  Please consider reading this fairly long piece, and try to keep an open mind. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/29/learning-from-the-slaughter-in-attica Continue reading Attica, 1971

Freddie Mercury Bio (Book Review)

Mercury: An Intimate Biography Of Freddie Mercury Author: Lesley-Ann Jones Copyright 2011 $26.00 Hardcover (No paperback expected for another few years) Touchstone Books ISBN-13:  978-1-4516-6395-2 (The above information is for the U.S. edition.) On page 226 of the U.S. edition of Mercury, author Lesley-Ann Jones writes: Freddie revealed different aspects of himself to different people, but never his whole self. This could be said of most people.  It’s one of the ways we create boundaries.  At the same time, how well we consciously know ourselves is debatable. We should start by saying Mercury is a unique biography.  Its subject had predictable personal issues — … Continue reading Freddie Mercury Bio (Book Review)

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (Review)

Hallucinations By Oliver Sacks $15.95 Vintage Paperback 326 Pages Copyright 2012 ISBN-13:  9780307947437 If you have no known mental illness which should affect your visual, auditory or other senses, have you ever panicked when a high fever has caused you to see a menacing — and nonexistent — stranger standing over your bed? Have you heard your dog’s metal collar tags jangling nearby shortly after your dog has passed away? Many of us have been though that, and if a semi-educated acquaintance points out that hallucinations suggest “schizophrenia,” you’ll handle that conversation a lot better if you’ve read this fine … Continue reading Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (Review)

The Jesus Cow (Book Review)

The Jesus Cow By Michael Perry Fiction Harper Perennial $14.95 Trade Paper ISBN -13:  9780062289988 I’m embarrassed to say I almost gave up on this book early.  At the beginning, it resembled Carl Hiaasen’s fiction, and I burned out on Carl Hiaasen novels a few years ago because they were getting repetitive. Please don’t get the wrong impression.  Carl Hiaasen has a lot to offer, in both his fiction and nonfiction writing.  Personally, I just reached my limit. Michael Perry’s recent novel, The Jesus Cow, is an original.  The author explores different levels of Christian spirituality, and how they reflect on … Continue reading The Jesus Cow (Book Review)

Allegory At Its Best

Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore By Dave Hill Memoir/Essays/Humor Blue Rider Press (Penguin) ISBN-13: 9780399166754 288 Pages $27.00 When — not if — you read Dave Hill’s new collection of essays, Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, be ready to get into your own head as well as Dave’s. I hope that doesn’t sound ominous.  The book is loaded with wild humor that allegedly prompted Dick Cavett’s neighbors to tell him to stop laughing so loudly. I interpreted Dick Cavett’s author blurb as a cautionary tale, and limited my reading to hours when the neighbors were awake.  Still, the man next … Continue reading Allegory At Its Best

Book Review: Cleaning Up New York

Cleaning Up New York By Bob Rosenthal $12.95 Paperback Published By The Little Bookroom 73 Pages ISBN-13:  9781936941131 Forty years ago, a small publisher called Angel Hair Press printed 750 copies of a memoir titled Cleaning Up New York.  Personally, I heard nothing about it at the time, but now the book is being reissued by The Little Bookroom and it’s referred to as “The 70s Cult Classic.” Cleaning Up New York is Bob Rosenthal’s account of working as a professional housecleaner, partly for the modest income, and partly for the dope he kept finding in strangers’ homes.  The author also got to … Continue reading Book Review: Cleaning Up New York