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Black Cracker Paperback – March 3, 2010
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When I closed the back cover on Josh Alan Friedman's Black Cracker, I couldn't help but wonder why this wasn't on the list of ten best books for absolutely every literary critic out there.
How this hasn't been embraced by the McSweeny's crowd is staggering.
Friedman is one of our great American storytellers. His textural brilliance is overshadowed only by his earnest humor. The tale he has woven from actual events in his own life is at times hilarious, heart-breaking, terrifying and triumphant. Growing up the only white kid in the last segregated school on Long Island is as unique an experience as one is ought to document, but the author makes his autobiography not only highly relatable, but universal. His fondness for the past is not rose-colored, it's honest. The frank and accurate language of the day is likely to ruffle a few feathers, but the integrity of Josh's conviction champions the truth above all other things, and he's a better writer for it. If that's not a cause célèbre, I don't know what is.
Part Mark Twain and part Jean Shepherd, Black Cracker is a modern Tom Sawyer as envisioned by Mel Brooks. If you don't own this book, you should. If you don't want to buy it for yourself, buy it for that friend or loved one seeking a story that connects on a human level without the weighty melodrama of an Oprah Book Club selection.
Just make sure you read it before you give it to them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am enjoying this book. I live nearby and am familiar with a lot of the people and places. There are a few things that have me puzzled, but it is after all a novel even though... Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by Jodi
Black Cracker brought back many memories. The book is funny and poignant and the descriptions of Glen Cove in the early sixties were a pleasure to read. Read morePublished on December 19, 2010 by S. Valli
The most daring and honest writers I know would never presume to describe themselves that way. Indeed, they are more often than not unaware of how their explosively luminous work... Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by Michael Disend
Move over James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright. Oh, and Leroi Jones... oops, I mean Amiri Baraka... might as well make room on the bench, too. Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by Richard Jaccoma
Josh Alan Friedman's Black Cracker is unique, enthralling and enlightening. His "autobiographical novel" approach relays childhood experiences through the more insightful eyes of... Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by Bob Deis