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Publisher Comments:

Calvin Trillin, the celebrated New Yorker writer, offers a rich and engaging biography of his father, as well as a literate and entertaining fanfare for the common (and decent, and hard-working) man.

Abe Trillin had the western Missouri accent of someone who had grown up in St. Joseph and the dreams of America of someone who had been born is Russia. In Kansas City, he was a grocer, at least until he swore off the grocery business. He was given to swearing off things—coffee, tobacco, alcohol, all neckties that were not yellow in color. Presumably he had also sworn off swearing, although he was a collector of curses, such as "May you have an injury that is not covered by workman's compensation." Although he had a strong vision of the sort of person he wanted his son to be, his explicit advice about how to behave didn't go beyond an almost lackadaisical "You might as well be a mensch." Somehow, though, Abe Trillin's messages got through clearly.

The author's unerring sense of the American character is everywhere apparent in this quietly powerful memoir.

Book News Annotation:

Humorist and essayist Calvin Trillin writes a charming and thoughtful memoir of his father, Abe Trillin, and the family's Jewish Midwestern roots, with much to say about parenthood, adult's memories of childhood, and generational change and continuity.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Calvin Trillin has been writing for The New Yorker for over 30 years. His many books include Tepper Isn't Going Out, Travels with Alice, Remembering Denny, Family Man, The Tummy Trilogy, Deadline Poet, and Too Soon To Tell.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374208608
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Trillin, Calvin
Author:
Trillin, Calvin
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Businesspeople
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Businessmen
Subject:
Russian Americans
Subject:
Kansas city
Subject:
Kansas City (Mo.) Biography.
Subject:
Russian Americans -- Missouri -- Kansas City -- Social life and customs.
Subject:
Business
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States/State
Subject:
Local / General
Subject:
Customs
Subject:
Traditions
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Signed 1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
103-383
Publication Date:
19970612
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.23 x 5.51 x 0.4 in

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