Summer Reading B2G1 Free
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Lists | July 16, 2015

    Annie Liontas: IMG "You Want Me to Smell My Fingers?": Five Unforgettable Greek Idioms



    The word "idiom" originates in the Greek word ídios ("one's own") and means "special feature" or "special phrasing." Idioms are peculiar because,... Continue »
    1. $18.20 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      Let Me Explain You

      Annie Liontas 9781476789088

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$0.50
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse Humor- Narrative

This title in other editions

The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back

by

The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Dear Reader,

When we asked the beloved award-winning comedian and actor Robert Klein to write a book, you can imagine our utter surprise when he told us that he wanted to write about sixth-century Chinese pottery. Thankfully, he hit a creative brick wall (since he doesn't really know anything about pottery from China or anywhere else). Then came similar failures to write books about sea turtles, circumnavigation of the globe, building jet engines at home, the sociology of chickens, or fungi of the skin.

Luckily, Mr. Klein's paramount concern was the consumer. He knew that if we, his publishers, were going to boldly ask you to purchase his book (see above for price), he would have to write something so good, so worthwhile, so meaningful as to make you want to send additional money to your bookseller in gratitude for having allowed you to partake in this reading experience.

So Mr. Klein set out to write about what he knows best: himself. This book is about the adventures of a child who becomes a young man: how he thinks and dreams and lusts and fears and laughs and handles adversity.

From the beginning of his distinguished career as a comedian, Robert Klein established himself as a pioneer in observational humor and razor-sharp routines that are infectiously funny. Now — for the first time — Klein brings his trademark humor and honesty to the printed page. In this portrait of a comic as a young man, Klein takes us back to the people and streets of his Bronx neighborhood, the eccentric cast of characters in the Catskills hotels and bungalow colonies where he worked, the college dorms where he received more than an academic education, the 1964 World's Fair where he fell in love, New York City and Chicago in the 1960s as he developed his talent, and Los Angeles just as he was about to embark on a show business career. Throughout, Klein reveals the hilarity of growing up and explores the mysteries and his own foibles in sex and relationships. He recounts with wit and poignancy losing his virginity with a prostitute, bringing home a German girlfriend to his Jewish family, and the amorous adventures of the busboy he once was.

With an ego more fragile than Chinese pottery, Robert Klein has written a funny and evocative coming-of-age memoir — well worth the price (if we say so ourselves). Enjoy.

All the best,

The Publisher

Review:

"Best known for his unique brand of observational humor — seen on Broadway and in film and television — Klein details his life from ages nine to 25 as seen 'through the gauze of time.' Uproarious opening chapters about his 1950s Bronx childhood and his overly cautious parents ('Never touch a light switch with wet hands! My God, don't cut that bagel toward your neck!') give way to a recollection of seeing a feared fourth-grade teacher go beyond her usual verbal venom and hit a student in the face. Klein's theme park of memories alternates dark moments with sunlit humor. Teenage frustrations prompted a visit to a Harlem prostitute, which filled Klein with 'shame and triumph and guilt.' He encountered individual and institutional anti-Semitism at Alfred University, yet led the frat house fun, moving on to the Yale School of Drama, Chicago's Second City, New York theater and a variety of romances. Along the way, Klein had successes and failures, both in bed and on stage. Probing not only his own psyche but also the evolution of sexual mores during the 1950s and '60s, he unfurls an array of captivating anecdotes, writing with wry wit and honesty. B&w photos. Agent, Mel Berger. (June 2)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A funny and evocative coming-of-age memoir by the beloved and award-winning comedian who has entertained audiences for more than four decades. Since the beginning of his distinguished career as a comedian, Robert Klein established himself as a pioneer in observational humor and razor-sharp routines that are infectiously funny. Now--for the first time--Klein bring his trademark humor and honesty to the printed page. In this portrait of comic as a young man, Klein takes us back to the people and streets of his Bronx neighborhood, the eccentric cast of characters in the Catskills hotels and bungalows where he worked, the college dorms where he received more than an academic education, the 1964 World's Fair, where he fell in love for the first time, New York City and Chicago in the 1960s, as he developed his talent and Los Angeles, just as he is about to embark on a show business career. He recounts with wit and poignancy losing his virginity with a prostitute, the amorous adventures of the busboy he once was and bringing home a German girlfriend to his Jewish family.

Table of Contents

Contents

Pre-Preface

Preface

Post-Preface

One Careful Parents

Two Challenging Mrs. Graux

Three The TeenTones

Four Push Like You Mean It

Five Joe College

Six Boy Hero

Seven New Passions

Eight Tales of a Busboy

Nine Ducks in a Row

Ten Yale and Beyond

Eleven Summer Stock and Hard Knocks

Twelve Foreign Affair

Thirteen The Second City

Fourteen Learning How

Fifteen L.A. and Me

Afterword

Photo Captions

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684854885
Subtitle:
A Child of the Fifties Looks Back
Author:
Klein, Robert
Publisher:
Touchstone
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
Comedians
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Comedians
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.50x6.32x1.19 in. 1.29 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Until I Find You
    Used Trade Paper $5.50
  2. Free Ride: John McCain and the Media Used Trade Paper $1.63
  3. Thomas Paine and the Promise of America Sale Trade Paper $7.98
  4. All the President's Men Used Mass Market $3.95
  5. The Screenwriter's Workbook Used Trade Paper $5.95
  6. What Came Before He Shot Her
    Used Mass Market $4.95

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Narrative
Biography » General

The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$0.50 In Stock
Product details 384 pages Touchstone Books - English 9780684854885 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Best known for his unique brand of observational humor — seen on Broadway and in film and television — Klein details his life from ages nine to 25 as seen 'through the gauze of time.' Uproarious opening chapters about his 1950s Bronx childhood and his overly cautious parents ('Never touch a light switch with wet hands! My God, don't cut that bagel toward your neck!') give way to a recollection of seeing a feared fourth-grade teacher go beyond her usual verbal venom and hit a student in the face. Klein's theme park of memories alternates dark moments with sunlit humor. Teenage frustrations prompted a visit to a Harlem prostitute, which filled Klein with 'shame and triumph and guilt.' He encountered individual and institutional anti-Semitism at Alfred University, yet led the frat house fun, moving on to the Yale School of Drama, Chicago's Second City, New York theater and a variety of romances. Along the way, Klein had successes and failures, both in bed and on stage. Probing not only his own psyche but also the evolution of sexual mores during the 1950s and '60s, he unfurls an array of captivating anecdotes, writing with wry wit and honesty. B&w photos. Agent, Mel Berger. (June 2)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A funny and evocative coming-of-age memoir by the beloved and award-winning comedian who has entertained audiences for more than four decades. Since the beginning of his distinguished career as a comedian, Robert Klein established himself as a pioneer in observational humor and razor-sharp routines that are infectiously funny. Now--for the first time--Klein bring his trademark humor and honesty to the printed page. In this portrait of comic as a young man, Klein takes us back to the people and streets of his Bronx neighborhood, the eccentric cast of characters in the Catskills hotels and bungalows where he worked, the college dorms where he received more than an academic education, the 1964 World's Fair, where he fell in love for the first time, New York City and Chicago in the 1960s, as he developed his talent and Los Angeles, just as he is about to embark on a show business career. He recounts with wit and poignancy losing his virginity with a prostitute, the amorous adventures of the busboy he once was and bringing home a German girlfriend to his Jewish family.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.