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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Station Editions; First edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984470719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984470716
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Pratt has published short fiction in Christopher Street, The James White Review, Blithe House Quarterly, Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly, Velvet Mafia, Lodestar Quarterly, and other periodicals, and in the anthologies Men Seeking Men, His3 and Fresh Men 2. He has directed and performed his own work for the theater, including appearances in New York City at the Cornelia Street Cafe, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, the Flea Theater, Theater of the Elephant, and the Eighth Annual New York International Fringe Festival. He has collaborated frequently with Rogerio M. Pinto, and he was the first director of several plays by the Canadian playwright John Mighton. David holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. 'Bob the Book' is his first novel. He is currently at work on the book of a new musical.

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David Pratt is the author of two novels, "Looking After Joey" (Wilde City) and the Lambda Literary Award-winning "Bob the Book" (Chelsea Station). David's story collection, "My Movie," (Chelsea Station) includes both new work and short fiction published in Christopher Street, The James White Review, Velvet Mafia, Lodestar Quarterly and other periodicals. Recent anthology publications include Paul Alan Fahey's "The Other Man," Jerry Wheeler's "The Dirty Diner," and Jameson Currier's "With." David has directed and performed his work for the theater in New York City at the Cornelia Street Cafe, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, the Flea and the New York International Fringe Festival. His collaborations with Rogerio M. Pinto include "Os Tres Porquinhos," "Chapeuzinho Vermelho," and "Branca de Neve," Brazilian Portuguese versions of, respectively, "The Three Little Pigs," "Little Red Riding Hood," and "Snow White." In the 1980s, David was the first director of plays by the Canadian playwright John Mighton. David holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. He is currently working on two more novels and a novella for young people.

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This is one of my all-time favorite books and a must-read.
Rebecca Loomis, Ph.D., M.Ed.
Both boys and girls, gay and straight will fall in love with Bob, because Bob transcends every boundary of gender and sexual orientation.
Tree Hugger
Very funny story, a kind of parody of life played by book characters.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on October 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Bob is a gay book, specifically a treatise on male pornography from pre-Stonewall to 1979, and he is in love with another gay book, Moishe, about Orthodox Jews who are gay or bisexual. They are living a cozy life in an independent West Village NYC bookstore, until they are bought by different people, and are forced to abandon each other and learn to get along with their new owners' books. They both make friends along the way, have some disappointments (Bob is jealous of his author's new book, a best seller) and good times (Moishe is proud to be underlined and highlighted by his owner, a college professor using him for research.) And they find themselves involved in the lives and loves of the people who have chose to take them in their homes, and worry not just for their happiness, but what impact it will have on them in the future.

This is Pratt's first novel, and he immediately merits an extra star for what is - by far - the most creatively original idea for a novel I have ever read. It's written to be best appreciated more by an avid reader, who can get the subtle and witty characterizations of the other books they encounter, who take on a personality suited to their subject and origin (including a homophobic, religious book, whose name is Fred.) You'll smile at what your books may be saying about you, behind your back, and apologize if you drop one on the floor. Four stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tree Hugger on October 2, 2010
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Bob the Book is funny, touching, adorable, and good looking! I fell in love with him instantly! And so will you the moment you meet him! Both boys and girls, gay and straight will fall in love with Bob, because Bob transcends every boundary of gender and sexual orientation. Being a book, he makes it easy for anyone to get to know him, his friends and a world where books have a life outside their titles and their content. This is a very clever device: by personifying Bob and his book friends, the author can more freely (and us with him) explore the subtleties of social realities that keep us all apart. Bob the Book tells the story of other books and the people who buy and read them; people who give them as presents and about readers who use them for other creative purposes. But you need to read the book, in order to find out how!

I was particularly touched by a passage dealing with a gay book burning and the terror felt by the books as they were piled up, made fun of, and threatened by the fire. Does this sensibility sound familiar? But some books survive and we get to know one of their stories, a story of love and survival. And Bob the Book is also very witty and knowing about relationships.

Between laughter and a few tears, I finished Bob the Book thrilled that I met him and desperately wanting to talk to all my booka, assure them that I treasure them, that I'd protect them from harm, and ask them what they thought of me, and how they felt about the way I treated them. As a teacher, I will recommend that all my students read it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FrankG on February 8, 2011
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I found the premise of Bob the Book very creative. The books, which are characters in the story, experience human emotions and feelings to which all gay men can relate. The premise of using the books as characters is ingenious for looking at the gay experience in a different way.

However, the premise of the books being alive does make it difficult to fully suspend disbelief and engage in the books dilemmas. Since the books can only communicate in very limited ways the action can be stilted.

The author uses first names for the books and the people. Since there gets to be quite a few characters acting on different levels, it created some confusion to me.

Our bookclub read this for a monthly selection and as a group felt it was a good first effort. I believe that it is a worthy read of a writer who has the promise of thinking outside the box creatively in his work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Cujo Rapids on November 11, 2011
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I am a copyeditor. I read for a living. I love books. Words are food and books are banquets. I own books I love so dearly they are like cherished, sweet old aunts. Books have sustained my life, figuratively and literally.

I love BOB THE BOOK.

I wish I wrote it. I wish I edited it. I can't wait to read it again.

BOB is beautiful, clever, charming, touching, and, of course, deliciously written.

I say "of course" because I have seen David Pratt The Performance Artist, and his use of language is in fact delicious - surgically witty and elegant. I expected a scrumptious feast and enjoyed every chomp and chew.

David Pratt The Author has told the story of the books he has loved and the people he has known and has created a tale that is partly your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and partly the smartest, most emotionally evolved imaginary friend you've ever had. And I am richer for having read it. It has provided the kind of satisfaction I hope to experience when I begin a new book.

I think there should be a sequel - or an entire series, like the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. BOB could take a European vacation or perhaps travel to South America. What say ye, Mr. Pratt?
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