As I read The Bookbinder, I felt as if Jackie Cooper was sitting there talking to me. I kept wanting to respond--to tell him the things we have in common. I laughed aloud while reading some of the anecdotes, like the one about getting his coat caught in a newspaper vending machine, and smiled at others. A few brought me near tears. His book isn't a thriller, but if heartwarming and uplifting are what you're looking for, read it.
I feel like I have known Jackie K. Cooper all my life after reading this but we have never met. I am looking forward to the rest of his books and when I have finished them they will be put on my bookshelf next to Pat Conroy's.