- Paperback: 179 pages
- Publisher: Gold Mountain Press; First edition (November 24, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982158815
- ISBN-13: 978-0982158814
- Package Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,371,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Bear Called Charlie: A Memoir Paperback – November 24, 2008
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Charlie is a wonderful book, reminiscent of an updated version of A.A. Milne s stories, with overtones of pathos and humor right out of Harvey, the movie wherein Jimmy Stewart converses with a 10-foot invisible rabbit. Beautifully crafted, it is a story that can be read to youngsters, and enjoyed by adults old enough to remember a time when America seemed like a beautiful dream. --Alan Bisbort, syndicated columnist and author of Media Scandals; Beatniks
The work has liveliness, originality and great charm. The voice and unique perspective of Charlie will stay in my mind for a long time . . . . The authors made Charlie come alive in my imagination. I felt his plight when boxed-up and left behind and his joy at finding love. The authors have created a memorable and beautiful work. ----Shaun O Connell, Remarkable, Unspeakable New York; Imagining Boston: A Literary Landscape
This joint venture does wonders for the reader. All he or she needs to bring to A Bear Called Charlie, A Memoir, is what every reader of fiction is called on to provide: a willingness to collaborate with the characters, and an imagination free and open enough to be touched by wonder. --Barry Knister, Just Bill; The Dating Service
About the Author
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Longstreth was graduated with honors from Indiana University, Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary. Trained as a classical musician, Longstreth played her way through the universities by serving as an organist/choir conductor for churches, and played piano, organ and flute in a dance band, later joining forces with a musician friend to play duo piano and duo organ for several years.
Following her marriage to Joseph Longstreth, who was a renowned concert harpist, the couple also performed as duo pianists.
Following graduation from university, Longstreth began her career as a social services/ health care administrator, never abandoning her personal passions for music, writing and art.
For the past 28 years she has been an art dealer, specializing in contemporary paintings, photography and sculpture. Moving from Indiana to Florida, she and her late husband founded Southwest Florida s largest contemporary gallery in Naples, where she is a founding member of NFADA (Naples Fine Art Dealers Association).
She has become well known in the community, serving as the classic and pops music reviewer for the local paper, most recently becoming a features columnist for Florida Weekly. She is a frequent contributor to regional magazines, is active with several charitable groups in the community and, like her parents before her, is actively involved in animal rescue and spay-neuter programs.
She resides in Naples with Charlie, Merrybell, Big Red, Beaner, Squirrely, AB Rabbit, Henry and Henrietta Hedgehog, Gumby, and a host of her mother s other treasured friends. Her home is also safe refuge for a host of formerly feral, now much loved cats, including Skye Goldberg Longstreth, Charlie and his Mom s last rescued kitten.
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Case in point: A Bear Called Charlie. Written by extraordinary 92-year-old Isabel Goldberg and edited by her daughter, this "memoir" is presented through the point of view of both Goldberg and Charlie, the antique teddy bear she rescues from a box of castoff items at an auction. Since World War II, Charlie's been waiting for his small mistress to come get him out of her grandmother's attic. No one appears until 50 years later, when a nice lady buys the box of odds and ends that Charlie has occupied since 1943. Finding himself rescued and riding home on the back seat of Goldberg's car, the bear starts talking. Goldberg almost wrecks the car.
Given these few details, already it should be apparent that no convenient pigeonhole or category can serve to classify this delightful and imaginative idea: a teddy bear's memoir.
But A Bear Called Charlie shouldn't be thought of as just one more cozy, feel-good story of sentiment, or as the eccentric impulse of a lovable senior citizen who decided to write a book. Goldberg proves to be both sharp and thoughtful in this unique work, one that not only tells the story of how Charlie comes to enrich and befriend the Goldberg family, but that offers up real wisdom in his many sage observations about the human condition.
The funny-beautiful photos are an added bonus in this altogether delightful work. Highly recommended.
A BEAR CALLED CHARLIE: A MEMOIR is the work of a creative and poetic mind choosing to tell her own story through the lens of the antique teddy bear she rescues from a box of items bought at an auction.
In the process of revealing Charlie's story, this author, with the helpful editing of her daughter, Peg Goldberg Longstreth, offers a poignant and funny story of life and humanity.
You will laugh and cry as you read A BEAR CALLED CHARLIE: A MEMOIR. It is the perfect book to give as a gift, and to suggest for the next good discussion at your book club.