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Pianist in a Bordello by [Erickson, Mike]
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From Kirkus Review
A lighthearted, satirical novel about an honest man who runs for office in corruption-plagued America. Richard "Dick" Milhous Nixon Youngblood, the smart-aleck narrator of Erickson's uproarious debut, is the son of commune-dwelling hippie radical Yuri Yablonsky Youngblood and the grandson of powerful Republican Sen. Stapleton Lambright. In this picaresque tale, Dick's life unfolds in lockstep with the major historical events of the last 40 years or so. He attends Stanford University and UCLA, heads to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield and wins some medals, including a Purple Heart. He comes home and publishes a book about his experience, gets a job teaching high school history (during which his students name him Teacher of the Year), rides the dot-com bubble in Palo Alto, and sells his stocks to become a millionaire. Later, he returns to teaching and eventually contemplates running for office on a Democratic Party ticket. Along the way, his enigmatic father, who's on the run from federal authorities, keeps showing up at opportune moments; as Dick (and Erickson) understates it, "his timing is almost supernatural." Dick himself has telling encounters with a series of women named Amanda. There's Amanda Patricia Nixon (no relation), a slightly unhinged college fling; Amanda Kristina, an ambitious lawyer and port-a-potty heiress ("her smile had a better chance of making the world safe for democracy than the rhetoric of Woodrow Wilson"); and the great love of Dick's life, intrepid reporter Amanda Patina. Although Dick is a passionate, dedicated teacher--and the classroom sections of the book are the most heartfelt and gripping by a wide margin--he kicks off a campaign for office and insists on publishing the garish, often hilarious autobiography that forms the bulk of this novel. Along the way, the author combines highly effective Joseph Heller-style political and social satire with some surprisingly touching personal moments. Overall, Erickson welds all of these elements together into a hugely enjoyable comic novel. A fast-paced, raucous tour through the last half-century alongside a modern-day Candide.
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From Underground Book Reviews
"Pianist in aBordello is so well crafted it compels readers to surrender and enjoy thisirreverent, madcap portrait of a politician. A steady flow historic nuggets,shrewd insights, passionate encounters, and all-out hilarious moments, make itdifficult to stop reading."
 
From San Francisco Book Review
Withan interesting combination of literary tools to keep Erickson's plot constantlymoving--opening chapters with sarcastic quotes, alternating between the abovementioned scenes, various plot twists, and closing on a humorous, yetthought-provoking note, Pianist in a Bordello is definitely afun read for all.
 
"We are proud to announce that Pianist in a Bordello by Mike C. Erickson is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!"
 
From EM Kaplan, author of Josie Tucker mysteries.
"I don't ever bandy around the words "tour de force," but Pianist in a Bordello knocked my socks off. Yes, I too, was reminded of Catch-22 by its glib tone and pacing. I also felt a little Hunter S. Thompson. Maybe some John Kennedy Toole... Every once in a while, I come across someone who is simply outstanding. Bravo, Mr. Erickson."
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From Red City Reviews.
"Erickson'swriting is exciting, fun, honest, and so well-written that you'll find yourselfwondering where his next novel is."

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Product details

  • File Size: 677 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0578151863
  • Publisher: Mike C. Erickson / Tri-Rhyme Publications; 1 edition (September 18, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015L7L5PA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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