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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161188005X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611880052
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,957,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Michael Baron has done - yet again - an amazing job of hitting the proverbial nail on the head.... Buy this one immediately, folks." --The Feathered Quill

"Extraordinary.... Michael Baron has crafted a tale that is anything but mundane, full of unexpected surprises and resonant with realizations that are presented in a touching and practical manner that isn't saccharine or stereotypical. Keep writing, Michael Baron! Spinning is fine writing indeed!" --Crystal Book Reviews

"I love Michael Baron's books. He is such a storyteller! Spinning is equally amazing.... Once again, Baron has written a masterpiece!" --Book Reviews R Us

About the Author

Michael Baron is the pseudonym for a successful nonfiction writer. He is the author of two previous novels' When You Went Away (Story Plant' October 2009) and Crossing the Bridge (Story Plant' January 2010). His next novel' Leaves will come in the fall of 2010. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I grew up in the New York area and I've lived there my entire life. I worked in retail and taught high school English before I got my first book contract. I have gotten several additional book contracts since then, which is fortunate because I didn't have the patience to work in retail and, while I quite enjoyed teaching, my approach was a bit too unconventional for most school systems. One school administrator told me that, "there are more important things than being a dynamic teacher." Since I couldn't name any of those things (at least in the context of school), I figured I didn't have a long-term future in the profession. Hence, I became a writer, where I believe people appreciate a certain level of dynamism.


Though I started with nonfiction, I have always loved fiction and I have always wanted to write it. I've always had a particular affection for love stories. In fact, the very first book-length thing I ever wrote, when I was thirteen, was a love story. Mind you, it was the kind of love story that a thirteen-year-old boy would write, but it was a love story nonetheless. I have a deep passion for writing about relationships - family relationships, working relationships, friendships, and, of course, romantic relationships - and I can only truly explore this by writing fiction. These novels have given me a way to voice the millions of things running through my head.


My wife and kids are the center of my life. My wife is the inspiration for all of my love stories and my children enthrall me, challenge me, and keep me moving. One of the primary reasons I wrote my first novel, WHEN YOU WENT AWAY was that I wanted to write about being a father. Aside from my family, I have a few other burning passions. I'm a pop culture junkie with an especially strong interest in music, I love fine food (and any restaurant shaped like a hot dog), and I read far too many sports blogs for my own good.


You might have noticed that I haven't published a photo of myself. This isn't because I'm involved in the Witness Protection program or because I have an innate fear of cameras. It's because Michael Baron is a pseudonym. I'm writing these novels "undercover" because they're not entirely compatible with the nonfiction books I write and I didn't want to confuse readers. We're all different people sometimes, right? I just decided to give my alter ego another name.


My fourth novel, SPINNING, has just come out. It's a love story, too. Naturally.

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Twenty-nine years old Manhattan Mason, Brand and Partners executive Dylan Hunter seems to have everything. Women want him; his apartment is the best in New York; his work has made him the top gun and kept his plan to retire at forty viable. A friend of his Billie works at the same firm. She is the female Dylan, but because she is a woman society considers her a ruthless bitch who is ambitious and aggressive while applauding Dylan for the same tactics.

Dylan's former girlfriend from his Chicago days a century ago, Diane has arrived accompanied by her three years old daughter Spring. She explains he is all she knows in the Big Apple as she plans to start anew. Diane asks if they can stay at his place for now; even he cannot understand why he said yes. Spring turns his life around as she draws on his perfectly painted walls, introduces him to the animals at the zoo and dines on a gourmet macaroni and tofu with cheese. When an accident occurs, Dylan continues to care for Spring by allowing some of the plates he spins in his previous hedonistic life to crash. He enjoys every minute with her; as does Billie, but knows the court will soon intervene.

This is an enjoyable extended family drama as Dylan and Billie learn what life is all about from a precocious (perhaps too precocious) little girl. The cast is solid especially the lead trio, but also those at the office, his best friend Jimbo and case worker Mrs. Eckleberg. Readers will enjoy this poignant tale as Michael Baron provides a deep message that to lead a fulfilling life, one must spin various plates including the care and nurturing of others.

Harriet Klausner
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Wendy L. Hines VINE VOICE on March 23, 2011
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Have you ever seen those clowns who are spinning many plates and then they let one fall so that they can save the others? Dylan Hunter is constantly spinning but refuses to let any plates drop. He's a young executive director for a public relations firm who works hard and parties even harder. He has a great Manhatten apartment that has a revolving door where the women are concerned. He tells himself he may want to have kids later - much later, but marriage doesn't even enter into the equation.

In the middle of the night, he hears a knock on his door. He doesn't know who it could be, but is frantically looking for something to wear and to see where his girl of the night is. She seems to have left but her underthings are strewn about the apartment. He is shocked to see ex-girlfriend Diane at the door with her young daughter. Still half out of it, he invites them in while he is frantically figuring out dates in his head to see if the girl is his. Diane explains to him that she has sold everything to come to Manhatten at his suggestion to get a great job. Dylan made that suggestion years ago, but it took this long for her to take the plunge. They need somewhere to stay until they find an apartment and Dylan quickly agrees to them staying with him.

Dylan's plates are spinning; he is not used to people in his home and interrupting his routine, but he quickly adapts. The little girl, Spring, quickly makes her way into his heart. But when there is an accident, Dylan becomes the sole caretaker of Spring. Dylan does his best, but Spring is scared that Dylan will go away too. Two people find their way towards one another, but Dylan's plates are spinning at a frantic rate and something has to fall.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dragon Lady Ness-a on August 31, 2011
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This book is interesting on so many levels. It's very similar to the Diane Keaton movie, "Baby Boom", except from the male perspective. Dylan is a PR executive on the fast track in Lower Manhatten when an old girlfriend shows up on his doorstep with three year old Spring in tow. She's sold everything and left Chicago behind, and is wondering if she can crash in his place until she finds her own. He's pretty sure that Spring isn't his, but Diane never tells him who the father is. Just as she's getting on her feet and Dylan is re-evaluating his bachelor lifestyle, a tragic accident leaves him as the only one available to handle Diane's affairs - mainly figuring out who's going to take custody of Spring.

It's hard to categorize this novel. There are some aspects that are romantic, but it's not really a romance. In many ways it's a coming-of-age work. There are some aspects that are a bit too convenient, like a very understanding corporate environment where everything falls into place. I understand the "spinning" analogy, but some of the dropped "plates" were never under Dylan's control in the first place. Grammar issues such as misplaced/misused punctuation marks are a problem which downgrades the rating. But this book did bring me to tears in places. If you are looking for a feel-good book from the male point of view, you should enjoy this story. 3.5 stars.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Rollins on March 14, 2011
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Dylan is a single yuppie. He immerses himself in work and avoids all other responsibilities. He likes it that way. Then, Diane, a former fling, shows up on his doorstep with her pre-schooler, Spring. She needs a place to stay. Dylan opens his bachelor's pad to Diane and Spring. It did not take him long to fall in love with them.

Dylan is literally contemplating his love for Diane and their future when he discovers that Diane has been in a car accident. He is left to care for Spring. He needs a help-mate, but who wants a "pre-fab" (man with child)? Will social services allow him to care for Spring? How will Spring deal with the death of her mother when there is no apparent mention of religion or after-life?

I love Michael Baron's books. He is such a story teller! Spinning is equally amazing. The first chapter or so had me a bit disappointed, but I read on. As I read, I realized the importance of those rough chapters to the development of Dylan and the plot. With all of Baron's books, the reader cannot help but to become emotionally affixed to the characters. Once again, Baron has written a masterpiece!
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