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About the Author
Joseph Gulesserian came of age during the seventies, and was exposed to many changing technologies with a career that has ranged from metallurgic to manufacturing, from business equipment to information technology, and brand creation. After earning his MBA, he taught Corporate Finance, Marketing and Statistics as an adjunct professor at Toronto colleges, and in 2000 established a Toronto-based company that designs and produces health and beauty brands for both domestic and international markets. Currently, Gulesserian lives in Toronto with his wife.
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While Newspaper Boys Always Deliver seems at first to be a random collection of essays, links start emerging as you make your way through its various chapters. It almost felt at times that readers are growing up alongside Gulesserian; as children, we see things in silos, almost disjointed one from the other; then, as preteens, we start seeing relationships, perhaps at the most basic level, between things we never would have thought are related; as teenagers, our ability to see these relationships and their intricacies more clearly creates chaos in our minds from which gradually emerges clarity during adulthood—well, at least one would hope. This is what happens when reading this book. The essays are in silos at the beginning, almost disjointed one from the other; we go through a similar process of growth at the end of which we can see much more clearly what Gulesserian had in mind from the beginning.
Of course what he had in mind from the beginning is, like with any book, subject to a lot of interpretation. If you are looking for answers then this is not the book for you. But if you are looking for the opinions of an eloquent friend, then Newspaper Boys Always Deliver just might rock your boat.
When I first heard about this book I was intrigued. It sounded like an interesting re-telling of history from a different point of view. That’s pretty much what it was and I definitely enjoyed it. The author uses a unique way of telling the story that makes it feel interesting and different even though people know a lot of the details within the book.
It’s nice to see a book that is a historical text – but is easy to read like this way. Sometimes history texts can be boring and incredibly dry. This book wasn’t like that, which was super nice and an incredible change of pace.
Gulesserian may take some liberties (some of the stories could have some things added to them and I wouldn’t know) because they are written in essay form. But, overall I really enjoyed this book and I would recommending it, especially if you’re into technology and history.
I enjoyed the historical aspects of Joseph's book - they brought back quite a few memories, especially since I grew up during the same time period. I would do my own research since as many of the events he described piqued my curiosity. However, this book was exhausting! It was as if 50 years of history was being crammed into one small volume (along with the author's personal memories and observations). Added to the fact that the language used to write the book switched continuously back and forth from informal to formal English with "high-sounding" dictionary word liberally interlaced throughout, it was really hard to read more than a few pages at a time.
I appreciate all the research and work that went into this book. A reader who is a history buff with a tolerance for abrasive comments would probably get a kick out of reading this personal journey into pop culture.
Newspaper Boys Always Deliver is all about the past 50 years and the changes we have experienced along the way. Along with the historical information are the author's personal stories and opinions, some rather strong. I grew up in the same time period as Joseph Gulesserian, so I could relate to a lot of the changes that he writes about.
The book is set up like a newspaper with the different sections: Front Page News, People, Arts and Entertainment, News, Sports, Lifestyle, Business and Technology, and the Editorial Section. The photos are also black and white like they would be in a newspaper. I thought that was a unique and creative way to present the information.
The author's writing style didn't keep my interest for long periods of time. I found that I got a lot more out of Newspaper Boys Always Deliver by just reading a few pages at a time rather than trying to read it all at once. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in recent history.
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