By Benjamin Taylor
“A surprise of a book—elegant, touching, singular.” —Mary Karr
“Brief and relocating . . . An elegantly written booklet, erudite, perceptive and from time to time painfully candid.”—Moira Hodgson, Wall highway Journal
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After John F. Kennedy’s speech in entrance of the lodge Texas in citadel worthy on November 22, 1963, he was once greeted by means of, between others, an 11-year-old Benjamin Taylor and his mom ready to shake his hand. just a couple of hours later, Taylor’s instructor referred to as the category in from recess and, via tears, informed them of the president’s assassination. From there Taylor lines a course in the course of the subsequent 12 months, recalling the tumult as he observed every little thing he had as soon as thought of solid start to develop extra advanced. on reflection at the love and stress inside his family members, the early life friendships that lasted and people who didn’t, his thoughts of summer time camp and relatives journeys, he displays upon the oversized impression our greater American tale had on his own.
Benjamin Taylor is without doubt one of the so much gifted writers operating at the present time. In lyrical, translucent prose, he thoughtfully extends the tale of 365 days into the years prior to and after, portray a portrait of the artist no longer easily as a tender guy, yet throughout his complete existence. As he writes, “[A]ny 12 months may stand for the full. Our years are so implicated in a single one other that the least very important is critical adequate . . . Any yr I selected might express an analogous mettle, a similar frailties stamping me at 11 and twelve.”
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