The Hue and Cry at Our House (READ)

Engaging and uniue approach to revisiting his life and that of his parents the author uses the Kennedy assassination and a deadly family fire as both metaphor and defining moment It mostly works as the author intended although his story would have been compelling enough without the added gimmickry To wit a second

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ten ears ounger the first is on the Autism Spectrum gay Jewish and unusual for his family not just his Texas neighborhood in the late 1950 s early 1960 s when this book describes his childhood He grows into himself and is in the late 1950 s early 1960 s when this book describes his childhood He grows into himself and is gifted writer but makes clear that he was an unusual child in almost every way The slice of life and history that the author provides is fascinating and well told I received my copy from the Penguin First to Read Program I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway All American families have stories of where family members were when they heard about the assassination if President Kennedy Benjamin Taylor s story is heightened by the fact that as a child he shook JFK s hand at a rally in Fort Worth the morning before the assassination In this memoir he writes about his life in the ear after the assassination although his writing touches on events throughout his childhood and some parts of his adulthood He grew up in a well to do Jewish family in Fort Worth Texas He is currently a writing professor at Columbia I have read many memoirs of people with whom I have little in common but usually can find some thread of humanity which allows me to empathize with the writer I struggled to find that thread while reading this book I found Taylor s namedropping of his famous friends to whom he passed on his mother s effects distasteful 35 stars I m not a big fan of how the book is packaged It s made to seem as being primarily focuses on the author s meeting with Kennedy the morning of his assassination It s of a brief memoir that lightly touches on that moment before jumping back and forth in time He uses the assassination and a horrible family fire as a jumping off point how they were wake up calls to his Esperanto per rekta metodo young mind as to how chance plays a role in lives nothing at all was guaranteed that we were the playthings of chance I liked this piece because chance has made a big difference in my life Then it gets into his journey in adolescent I liked this piece to because he talks about why do people want to becomeounger getting older is better I can relate to that too because being Le champ de bataille young is filled with awkwardness and lac. After John F Kennedy's speech in front of the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth on November 22 1963 he was greeted by among others an 11ear old Benjamin Taylor and his mother waiting to shake his hand Only a few hours later Taylor's teacher called the class in from recess and through tears told them of the president's assassination From there Taylor traces a path through the next twelve months recalling the tum. The Hue and Cry at Our HouseK of independence Summing it up he didn t have the easiest Universals: An Opinionated Introduction (Focus Series) youth he was aoung gay Jewish Asperger kid growing up in the south There is some jarring easiest Turtle Talk: A Beginner's Book of Logo youth he was aoung gay Jewish Asperger kid growing up in the south There is some jarring comments where he seems to applaud his family for being only somewhat racist in the south He then goes on to uote President Johnson where he says ou need to give White men someone to look down on so he won t notice anything else in the world He also talks very frankly about his neighbors and his fellow summer campers He seemed to be in the world He also talks very frankly about his neighbors and his fellow summer campers He seemed to be at times talking about some of the acuaintances especially at the end Overall I thought it was an interesting acuaintances especially at the end Overall I thought it was an interesting but it could have been organized and framed better He had some great sentences and reflections in it but some of it was a little too flowery I did like the book Benjamin Taylor is an elouent storyteller and his life is certainly interesting enough to hear about Those were interesting times for sure I would have given him another star had the story been a little focused and his reaction to the Kennedy assassination been clearer All in all a worthwhile book and I ll follow this writer to see what comes next This experience must be old hat to those who grew up in cities heavily chronicled than Fort Worth Texas but it is both a novelty and particular pleasure to read this brief account of a life lived simultaneously to my own across town in the 1960 s What a deep uirky important book Benjamin Taylor gives the reader than memories of one ear in a life he peels off the many layers of what it is to be American He had me at the Assassination of JFK and what it was like for my generation growing up in mid twentieth century I could have floated on these memories of my life as they relate to his grammar school days But this is only the beginning of his tale Benjamin also braves the telling of what it was like for him to be a gay pre teen with Asberger s Syndrome on the lighter end of the Autism spectrum facing an anti Semetic affluent Texas town in 1964 Brilliant use of lyrical language weaving in important dates and events that still shape our history This book felt so hugely personal as it covers a pivotal time when I was growing up The feeling of our Country around the time of JFK s assassination combined with a deeply personal narrative made this a deeply affecting read This is a short book but feels important and completeA piece that resonated with me 1964 Republican Presidential Primary It is essential that this convention repudiate here. Ult as he saw everything he had once considered stable begin to grow complex Looking back on the love and tension within his family the childhood friendships that lasted and those that didn't his memories of summer camp and family trips he reflects upon the outsized impact our larger American story had on his ownBenjamin Taylor is one of the most talented writers working today In lyrical translucent prose. And now shouted Nelson Rockefeller any doctrinaire militant minority whether Communist Ku Klux Klan or Bircher which would subvert this party to purposes alien to the very We stand witness to a You deserve this: Simple Natural Recipes For A Healthy Lifestyle: Bowl Cookbook year of the author s life in this very short simpleet complex memoirAlmost like poetry Taylor is able to portray his early ears the atrocities the humor the resolutionsinto the man he becomes His writing is flawless Every word is skillfully selected he becomes His writing is flawless Every word is skillfully selected sentences leave me breathless He focuses on one ear 1963 1964 and the impact not just upon himself but withing the walls of his home his school and his mind We stand witness to the humor and the pain the history and the future We stand witness to the hue and cry The subtitle A Year Remembered really means a rather wide Internationaal cartoonfestival Knokke-Heist. Cartoons 2003 year stretching back and forward in time and then periodically circling back to 1963 64 As such this is something of a rambling memoire not linearly focused and at times a bit too much information but it s the author s memoire and he s entitled to share what he wants He writes beautifully for the most part at other times he seems to get lost in his words and with that the pace is fitful I m a bitounger than the author but not by much and reading the parts about JFK s assassination mere hours after the author had much and reading the parts about JFK s assassination mere hours after the author had his hand in the greeting crowd in Ft Worth really took me back I was only 5 at the time but vividly remember hearing the news and my parents shock and grief Author Benjamin Taylor examines one L'enfant la sophrologie year of his life in order to analyze the whole of it He begins with his 11ear old self shaking hands with President Kennedy in Fort Worth Texas several hours before the president s assassination on November 22 1963 There is even a picture of it presumably by a newspaper He and his mother were fans of the president making them somewhat odd in that part of TexasTaylor offers a poetical snap shot of that ear when America lived in a state of aftermath He weaves stories about his extended family of Jews living in Texas There s a few nuts in the group as there are in all families but what makes them stand out is their warmth and acceptance of him as a uirky bookish outcast especially his parents Just as the country is slowly awakened from its mourning period by the gentle exuberance of the Beatles the author s love of literature opera and theater blossoms giving him a world to retreat into when his differentness is noticed by classmates There s a lot of beauty in this little boo. He thoughtfully extends the story of twelve months into the ears before and after painting a portrait of the artist not simply as a Theorieboek Rijbewijs B young man but across his whole life As he writes Any twelve months could stand for the whole Ourears are so implicated in one another that the least important is important enough Any ear I chose would show the same mettle the same frailties stamping me at eleven and twel. ,