Synopses & Reviews
In a book about heroes...about laughter...about family...
One of America's most beloved entertainers takes us home. Billy Crystal opens the front door to a time in his life when he shared joy, love, music, and laughter with an eccentric family headed by the hardworking father who left them all too soon.
From the story of the Crystal family's proud connection to the New York jazz scene of the '40s and '50s...to the hilarious living room performances that would sow the seeds of Billy's unparalleled career...to the times of tragedy, heartbreak, and his mother's unending courage, 700 Sundays celebrates the memories, the love, and all the other wonderful gifts parents can give a child.
Based on his Tony Award®-winning play, 700 Sundays is not the story of Billy Crystal's great career. It is a tribute to a family and the people who helped make him a man. Personal, poignant, and funny, it will have you laughing out loud and sometimes crying with the realization that Billy's family is also yours.
"Reading the book version of comedian Crystal's Broadway solo show can be initially off-putting. The jokes he uses to warm up his audience (on why Jews eat Chinese food on Sunday nights, his complaints about his circumcision, the nasal pronunciation of Jewish names, etc.) are distinctly unfunny on the page. But once Crystal is finished with shtick and on to the story of his marvelous Long Island family, readers will be glad they can savor it at their own pace. There's the story of Crystal's uncle Milt Gabler, who started the Commodore music label and recorded Billie Holiday singing 'Strange Fruit' when no one else would. Then there's the Sunday afternoon when Holiday takes young Crystal to see his first movie at what later became the Fillmore East. There's even Louis Armstrong at the Crystal family seder, with Crystal's grandma telling the gravelly-voiced singer, 'Louis, have you tried just coughing it up?' At the heart of these tales is Crystal's father, the man who bought his little boy a tape recorder when he announced he wanted to be a comedian and didn't scold when he recycled off-color borscht belt routines for family gatherings. Crystal's dad worked two jobs and died young, so they had maybe 700 Sundays together but how dear they were. Photos. Agent, Jennifer Joel. (Oct. 31)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"700 Sundays is poignant, humorous, and will touch the hearts of and evoke memories for many baby boomers who grew up in families that mirrored the Crystal family experience....It is laugh-out-loud reading that also may bring an occasional tear to your eye." BookReporter.com
"Crystal's infectious enthusiasm for his past and his family especially his father, who died when Crystal was 15 remains surprisingly funny and poignant on the page. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly
Based on his hit Broadway play, Billy Crystal's own heartfelt story of family, heroes, and a life led in appreciation of both is delivered with the same nostalgia and emotional appeal. Photos throughout.
To support his family, Billy Crystal's father, Jack, worked two jobs, having only one day a week to spend with his family. Based on Crystal's one-man Broadway show of the same name, 700 Sundays referring sadly to the time shared by an adoring father and his devoted son offers a heartfelt, hilarious memoir. Photos throughout.
Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays is the crowning achievement of an amazing career. A poignant, hilarious, and personal portrayal of his youth, Crystal's play broke Broadway box office records and failed to leave a dry eye in the house.
Now in paperback comes Billy Crystal's heartfelt and hilarious "New York Times" bestseller: a moving memoir of his youth and the precious days shared by an adoring father and a devoted son.
About the Author
Billy Crystal has created one of the most versatile and prolific careers in the entertainment industry. Beginning with the popular series Soap, he went on to phenomenal success on Saturday Night Live before graduating to a career in such hit films as When Harry Met Sally, Analyze This, and City Slickers. In addition, Crystal has hosted the Grammy Awards three times, and, of course, the Oscars eight times. He and his wife, Janice, have been married for thirty-five years and have two daughters and one granddaughter.