Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood

Walk. If you were born before the mid-1950s, and spent any part of your childhood in New York City, those early years will come alive as you read Roger Rosenblatt’s memoir titled, The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood. Part of the book is structured as reflections as Rosenblatt walks around Gramercy Park. Readers feel as if we are walking with him. The detective motif adds to the pleasure of this book: the detecting involves gaining some understanding about what kind of life he’s had. The walks trigger memories of the detecting by his nine-year-old self. He reflects on detectives and writers who walked these same New York streets. Above all, Rosenblatt’s lyrical writing brings pleasure to any reader who appreciates fine writing no matter what the subject matter. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Boy Detective from

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