Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers hockey team, also a Boston College grad like some of The Naive Guys, talks about what’s on his bookshelf, including Ernest Hemingway‘s For Whom The Bell Tolls. Read all about it here.
Dennis Lehane author of The Drop and Mystic River, speaking of Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland” and his craft in today’s Wall Street Journal: “When I write, I often think of those drops rolling off the [Springsteen's] leather vest’s edges and their implied message: If work comes too easy, you did something wrong.”
Two chances to win!
Enter to win one of ten signed copies of The Naive Guys through Goodreads! Details here! (US and Canada only)
Melissa of top book blog The Book Binder’s Daughter also is running a contest of signed books, for The Naive Guys and several other titles. Details at her blog here. (Open internationally)
Good luck and enjoy!
Anthony Salcito (@anthonysalcito), longtime friend and colleague of author Harry Patz, interviews Harry for his global education blog, Daily Edventures. Anthony also contributed the foreword to The Naive Guys. Anthony and Harry talk about The Naive Guys, the self-publishing and marketing process, and how endeavors such as these can help all of us develop new skills… Background information and video interview are here. Video Interview embedded below:
Great article in today’s Wall Street Journal on the many benefits of uninterrupted reading including:
- Deepens empathy and provides pleasure
- Heightens concentration
- Enhances comprehension, particularly of complex material
- Improves listening skills
- Enriches vocabulary
- Reduces stress
Read the full article here.
And there’s no better place to start than with a copy of The Naive Guys! :-)
Please check out the review of The Naive Guys from Larry Hoffer at It’s Either Sadness or Euphoira, a popular book blog, here. Thanks Larry for your review!
“While I really enjoyed the characters, what I enjoyed the most was Patz’s pitch-perfect depiction of the world in the early to mid-1990s. From the advent of email and cell phones, to the portable Walkman and Discman (plus the adapter so you could listen to CDs in your car), to cultural touchstones like the first World Trade Center bombing, the 1992 presidential election, the Los Angeles Riots, and the OJ Simpson case, this book brought back so many memories and really made me say, ‘Wow, I remember feeling that same way!’ “
Please check out the Four Star review of The Naive Guys from Melissa Beck at The Book Binder’s Daughter, a popular book blog here. The review features Q&A with author Harry Patz. Thanks Melissa for your review!
“Mark and his friends engage in some of the most interesting and hilarious conversations in the book especially around the topic of women and relationships. Mark wants to find a woman who is intelligent and with whom he can have stimulating conversation, but she must also be sexy and “stimulate” him in other ways. Throughout the story Mark has relationships that only fulfill half of this perfect formula. One of the reasons why I found Mark to be such a likeable character is that he truly wants to fall in love and have a connection with the right woman. The fact that he can never quite get it right makes him sympathetic and makes us cheer him on and wish for him to find his happy ending.”