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Chicago Days/Hoboken Nights [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Pinkwater
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Book Description

In this comical collection of memories, storyteller Daniel Pinkwater tells how he grew into the beloved figure he is today: a robust genius of the printed page and rotund genie of the radio.

In inimitable fashion, Pinkwater recounts the conversation with his father that suddenly made him an art major in college. He describes his inauguration as a sculptor in a sleazy Chicago art factory and recalls setting off for a bright center of the American Art Scene, or at least as close as Hoboken, New Jersey. Finally, we watch as Pinkwater pictures his first true audience, children.

Chicago Day/Hoboken Nights shows how this visual artist turned to writing, only to be hailed as a "comic master" (Washington Post Book World) "Who has always been a born storyteller" (The Pittsburgh Press). As millions of radio listeners already know, no one has had a life quite like Daniel Pinkwater's.

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  • File Size: 835 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JOQ17N0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Divergent Thinking April 5, 2008
As a fan of Daniel Pinkwater's eccentric stories, I was delighted to find a copy of "Chicago Days/Hoboken Nights". While not a straight forward memoir, it is a collection of memories and anecdotes that showcases Pinkwater's unique sense of humor and even more uniquely lived life.

Starting with his childhood, in which his family moved around a lot, Pinkwater recollects his immigrant father's capitalism and his school days as an overweight outsider. His father isn't exactly pleased when Pinkwater wants to major in art in college, neither are Pinkwater's professors or the would-be artist himself, finding his interest in art doesn't necessarily translate into talent. He then progresses into his early days as an artist, struggling to make a living in Hoboken fulfilling his artistic dream, always on the cusp of gaining entrance into the art world, before realizing his singular niche in the world of children's writing.

"Chicago Days/Hoboken Nights" is definitely a fans-only book. It is a jumble of not always connected remembrances, some more scattered than others, as Pinkwater moves from topic to topic with few connecting strands. It is a book that allows readers a glimpse into the mind of the rotund genius who has written novels about giant chickens and lizards who make music. It is a book that is to be enjoyed a few memories at a time, a book that will produce a number of laugh-out-loud moments, a book that will leave fans thirsting for another sip.
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Daniel Pinkwater lives with his wife, the illustrator and novelist Jill Pinkwater, and several dogs and cats in a very old farmhouse in New York's Hudson River Valley.

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