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Einstein's Shutter

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  154 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Einstein s Shutter is a whirlwind journey into a decade of one man s life. A relationship, the death of a friend and an insider view of what happened in NYC after 9/11. It is a story about redemption, reincarnation and ultimately about the power of the human spirit in a man and a city, finding the strength they need to rise again. See the reviews on
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Published March 8th 2010 by Smashwords, Inc. (first published June 23rd 2009)
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Babak Fakhamzadeh
Yanez' conversational style is both entertaining and intimate, making it fairly easy to be drawn into the story. At the same time, with the story's timeline cut up in many parts, shuffled up and put back together again, it's a bit like reading someone's blog, but not in chronological order.
As the likes of Quentin Tarantino and, more recently, Gavin Hood with Rendition have shown, this can work to the viewer's advantage, creating a much more intriguing series of plot lines and cuts.

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Sheniequa Glover
Loved it!

This book was wonderful from beginning to end! I laughed, cried, then laughed again. I highly recommend this book. You won't regret it.
I loved this book. It wasn't what I expected--what a delight. This memoir which spans 10 years of a young man's life--basically his twenties--was sad, funny, spiritual and kept me up nights til I finished it. It begins shortly before 9/11 and covers the next 10 years. The author tells of his journey from Portland Oregon to Manhattan and the boroughs in between. Relationships with friends and lovers and their impact on him are told in an honest and straightforward manner. His spiritual journey in ...more
Susan Lim
I love it when I come across a book that I don't want to put down. This was such a book for me. At times I would find myself saying, "No, Vincent, don't do it" at times when he would reach an emotional decision-making event. I could/would imagine myself dealing with some of his personal 'trials' and have some knee-jerk reaction that I would then have to decipher for myself. If you enjoy reading memoir's, I feel that "Einstein's Shutter" might linger with you for a bit.
Lots of fun.
This is a memoir that centers in part around 9/11 and the weeks, months and years following as seen through Vincent's eyes. It's also about Vincent's life during a decade that was not only tumultuous for NYC and the US, but for Vincent himself. The beginning half jumps around a lot, focusing on Vincent's past and what brought him to New York and the relationship he's struggling to keep going, and day of the 9/11 attacks. There's a surprising amount of humor and insight in this book, and I laughe ...more
Joan Sherwood
Vincent Yanez begins this book by writing about a shutter that he's found from Albert Einstein's house. "I often wonder if that shutter would have made the difference somehow. If obtaining it would have been some sort of catalyst to everything that was to come. If not grabbing that shutter could have been the butterfly flutter that created the tsunami of change that happened in my life over the next few years." The book is about "everything that was to come." He writes about his struggles in dea ...more
N. Sasson
Vincent Yanez's Einstein's Shutter has just shot to the top of my all-time favorites. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it - and yet I wish I could find more books just like it that make you look this deeply at life. It started off as just snatches of Vince's life, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant. Little by little, the threads all came together. Although I finished it last week, it's taken me this long just to think of something to say and I'm not sure I can do it justice, ...more
The title of this book intrigued me enough to read it. It is actually a memoir of a particular period in the author's life. His current relationship is in the initial throes of death, and he's trying to find himself and his purpose in life. There was quite a bit of humor in this book. I also appreciated his honesty. It didn't seem like he tried to slant anything to make himself look better. The part where he actually breaks up with his current girlfriend was hard to get through. I missed the hum ...more
Einstein's Shutter is a memoir chronicling a decade of Vincent Yanez's life in New York City, simultaneously providing an insider's view of September 11th and its aftermath. Yanez focuses his reflections on his friendship with his coworker, Ben, and how his life is affected when Ben suddenly dies, and the gradual decline of his relationship with Hanna, his best friend. It was a very honest look into the life of a man searching for spiritually, friendship, love, and meaning in life.
I unexpectedly really enjoyed this book. It was a Kindle freebie and I usually don’t expect much from freebies. Way to prove me wrong! I finished it this afternoon and have been thinking about Vince since and feeling sad that I am not going to read more about his journey and his life. I especially liked reading about his dealings with the monk in Portland. I highly recommend this wonderful, thought provoking book!
Traci Hazelwood
I enjoyed the overall story, but at times it was a little jumpy. I can understand why the author would want to include a previous memory to tie in to the current story, but then when it went back, I'd have to remember what was happening in the first place.
Good read! I like Yanez's style. It was not a funny book. There is some serious sadness in there, but at times the author had me chuckling and stopping to read passages to Walker. :)
Got this as a free Kindle book, but would have paid. It is a well written book with an underlying current of man's search for meaning. Nothing really happens, but still very engaging.
Knightreader Mullen
A gret book. I thak the author for sharing this period of his life with me. The book is full of emotion,friendship,lost love,humor,and resolve. It was a oage turner for me.
Sloppy and sappy at times, but told with such heartfelt honesty and humor that it was amazingly touching. The narrator's journey is endearing and worth the ride.
Susan Kiel
Do I daresay that I really liked this book. Didn't always understand what was in the main character's head, but liked the author's use of symbolizism.
Nathan Collier
He's a little melodramatic, but the style is great even so. At times funny, touching and sad. Once I got about 50 pages in, I couldn't put it down.
I liked this one, definitely an entertaining memoir by a man finding his way though life. He touched on work, relationships, and religion.
Leo Leibovici
Really good read. Very sad in parts but felt uplifted by this really honest autobiography.
Jen Schlear-bainbridge
eh, it was ok. Nothing special. Too much flipping back & forth thru his life.
Kelly Gressley
It was ok book - it was hard to keep interest for me.
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Vincent Yanez was born in a small mining town in the Arizona desert. He has won no great literary awards or recognition, but waits for the frenzy of adoration to begin at any moment. Mr. Yanez enjoys the smell of rain, long walks on the beach and the crunch of a warm, crispy tater tot.

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