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About the Author
Starbuck O'Dwyer, a native of Rochester, New York and a graduate of Princeton, Oxford and Cornell, writes novels, essays, short stories, screenplays and music under his given middle name. His critically-acclaimed novel, Red Meat Cures Cancer (Random House/Vintage Books), won two national writing awards for humor and was a featured selection of the 2007 One Book One Vancouver reading program. His writing, which has been described as "comic genius" by Kirkus Reviews, has been published in forums as diverse as Entertainment Weekly, Flaunt, Toro, Japanophile, the Journal News, PW Daily and the Boston Globe, and he has appeared on over 350 radio and television programs including guest spots on ESPN, WGN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, Voice of America and NPR. His collection of stories, How To Raise A Good Kid, was a finalist in the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Awards (parenting) and a finalist in the 2011 Book of the Year Awards (both essay and humor categories) sponsored by ForeWord Reviews. Similarly, his novel, Goliath Gets Up, was also a finalist in the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Awards in the humor category and has been translated into Chinese. Songs that O'Dwyer has composed have been licensed by both the Telemundo and Country Music Television networks and featured in several of their shows.
- File size : 843 KB
- Publication date : March 25, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 157 pages
- Publisher : Green Chair Publishing (March 25, 2016)
- ASIN : B01DGWE5FE
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 097216247X
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,883,864 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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There are chapters on the music of the time, starting with Pink Floyd. There is more than one chapter on competitiveness, winning, and losing. Most of them revolve around tennis. There are tales of heartbreak, puppy love, crushes, and immense romantic disappointment. Refreshingly, there are no tales of initial sexual conquests. That is sort of logical if we remember he is writing a book for a son to read. Attempts at a first kiss don’t count. There is a tale of an unusual after prom party. And one about trust. That chapter is about a parent’s trust of a child. But the theme of parent-child trust runs throughout all chapters.
There are sample chapters of How to Raise a Good Kid at the end of this publication. Two chapters The Value of Fathers and Love and Marriage impressed me more than the novel they are attached to. Which means I have something else to purchase and add to the TBR list. Love and Marriage is especially poignant and could possibly bring tears to the eyes of many readers. I guess that is a warning.
There is a lot of understated humor throughout. No violence (except for throwing some tennis rackets). No vulgarity (maybe a few hints at words with things like %&*@ inserted). No sex (except the first kiss). No excessive obeisance to the PC police.
It was a refreshing read, something my son can read, and I liked it.
And he really captures that era. I also grew up during those times and, coincidentally, in that City, so I remember certain, specific locations and events that he writes about. That made it particularly fun for me.
Well done. Bravo. Looking forward to his next book.
For myself, I grew up under similar circumstances as O'Dwyer and with a few details changed, it could have been about me. The reminiscing of past crushes, girls and music, brought continuous smiles and unexpected bursts of laughter. Regardless of personal tastes, the feelings and emotions were the same. O'Dwyer has captured the ethos of what it was like to grow up in the late 70's and early 80's.