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The Body of Brooklyn

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In the body of Brooklyn David Lazar, an acclaimed essayist and prose stylist, offers a vividly detailed, hilarious, and touching recollection of his Brooklyn upbringing in the 1960s and 70s. His immigrant Jewish heritage and his bodily history--from the travails of childhood obesity to the sexual triumphs of post-adolescent leanness--form the core of this series of essays,...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published April 2nd 2003 by University Of Iowa Press
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I love reading autobiography but it's also tricky- it must be hard for the writer to know if somebody else is going to be as interested in his own stories as he is. I just couldn't get into this one for just that reason- too much detail about events that weren't grabbing me.
Good and lyrical. Fun but reflective. In the end I found it a little off putting. Trying to be too literary. I appreciate more approachable styles such as Ian Frazier. This book tries too hard.
May 07, 2008 Jill rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: writers, Brooklynites, Jews, instructors of writing
Anyone who writes creative nonfiction, particularly the personal essay, needs to read this book. Lazar is now one of my favorites. His work challenges as well as mesmerizes.
Gary McDowell
Love this book! Read it from the library, but have never bought the damn thing... need to buy it ASAP.
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