Some excerpts from Goodreads book reviewer Susan Kaplan on protagonist Mark Amici and the story of The Naive Guys:
“Mark lives with his mother and his Uncle Frankie, and they provide a loving and nurturing environment as he spreads his wings and finally flies out of the nest to his own apartment. Mark’s father had died when he was a child, and his Uncle Frankie is the closest thing to a father he ever had – Uncle Frankie’s wisdom and guidance, dispensed in his own unique and somewhat crude style, is loving and supportive, and it serves Mark well. From his mother and Uncle Frankie Mark has learned strong moral values and even while he’s enjoying his wild nights of partying and sex, we see that he’s growing up and sowing the wild oats that so many young people do. Many times he’s the stabilizing force with his wilder friends. However, there are some things brushed under the rug in his household, and I think he senses something has been left unsaid for a long time, but he is either too dense or too discreet (the more likely scenario) to raise them….”
“I cannot say that I condone this sort of behavior, although I know it happens all the time. Mark and his friends, with a few exceptions, are very careful to not go too far (or get caught) and the style of the book is quite endearing.
“The book is written from the perspective of a twenty-something young man, and Harry Patz. Jr. captures the way these guys think, talk, and behave. At first I was turned off by the simple style, but as I read on, I realized that Mr. Patz had used the young man’s point of view as a literary device perfectly. There are some unexpected twists and turns that would spoil the book should I reveal them, so suffice to say there are things that you never see coming and when they are revealed, some of the mystery that surrounds Mark’s life is brought to light in a loving, thoughtful way.”
Read Susan’s full review here.
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!’ “