28 01, 2018

Back in My Day, Young Man . . .

By | 2018-01-28T21:16:16+00:00 January 28th, 2018|good nonfiction|0 Comments

Russell Baker, a satirical columnist for the New York Times, wrote his Pulitzer-prize-winning memoir, Growing Up, when he saw that he had become, in his children’s eyes, an old bore who constantly started sentences with “In my day . . .” Maybe, he thought, it would work better to dig in and tell all the stories, instead of just dominating dinner conversations with his [...]

8 12, 2014

And the Award for Most Interesting Seatmate Goes to . . .

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:28+00:00 December 8th, 2014|good nonfiction, main dishes|0 Comments

I’ve been waiting a long time to get my hands on this week’s book, Sweet Promised Land by Robert Laxalt, in which Laxalt writes a memoir of his Basque father. The Basques, as we knew them in my childhood, were a people that came to America from their old homeland on the border between Spain and France. Their surnames were a mouthful of syllables and [...]