Friday, December 27, 2013

Jackie's Hooked on Roger Rosenblatt
"I love Roger Rosenblatt (and fear him a bit, he's rather ferocious at times, though not so much in this new book).  This latest book is a memoir, made up of short vignettes (some just a sentence or two, others a page or so) that jump all around his boyhood but going into a bit of his adult years as well.  He tells nostalgic, sappy sorts of things and he spews New York history of such breadth that it's amazing he can remember it all.  He is far less grumpy than usual in this book, though there are a few tirades (always very intellectual, of course).  He also shows so many more aspects of his personality, which I very much enjoyed.  This is the kind of book that you can absorb minute to minute, one short piece at a time, or swallow hours of giant gulps.  Both are satisfying ways to enjoy this unusual book.  And if you happen to be a NYC lover, you'll adore it as much as I do."


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