"With his high-wire balancing account of an incredibly delicate procedure, Mr. Breslin gives you a dizzying glimpse of great depths, both of his own brain under a microscope and of his gratitude to [what] saved his life."
New York Times - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (09/12/1996)
"The memoir is a revelatory memoir, funny as expected, and deeply moving....It is vintage Breslin"
Publisher's catalogue - Studs Terkel
"A strong, funny and stirring book about his life, his near-death and his survival."
"More than a memoir...a testing of recovery....Entertaining and moving."
"This book shines....This is why Jimmy Breslin has a Pulitzer Prize."
"If it's occasionally disorderly, prideful, and cocky, it's always distinctive and often affecting. And the explicit depiction of the surgery...is simply harrowing. The Bard of the Boroughs is back with his accustomed wit in a chiaroscuro text that is more felicitous than the awkward title would hint."
Kirkus Reviews (07/01/1996)
"[Breslin is] the tough and tender journalist, knowing but also sentient, a flowery writer but also a gifted one. He dabbled among cliches and comes up with discoveries....[T]he anecdotes, along with some trenchant reflections, redeem a good deal of the brag....His writing...is frenetic, entertaining and moving, although now and then something plainer and slower would be welcome..."
Los Angeles Times Book Review - Richard Eder (09/15/1996)
"Mr. Breslin reports on the medical experience with admirably researched clinical detail....He adds up the contents of his [brain] in a vivid inventory....He makes a funny, rueful music of his success and of his lifelong terror of poverty."
New York Times Book Review - Lance Morrow (10/13/1996)
Book is in very good condition.
Book has library markings. Binding is intact. No torn pages.