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  • By Justyn Lezin
    Jul 13, 2015
    I love stories, and I adore stories well-told. This book fits the bill. These vignettes are delightful to read: funny, authentic, even poetic at times. Berlowitz' voice -- as a kid coming up in a world that is now retired to memory alone -- is strong and wry. This is a Jewish kid who is unconsciously rejecting the milieu of his parents and embracing the society of his buddies on the street. I guess he's actually embracing the society of the street itself! This is a great book as a gift, in that each tiny tale is fully digestible on its own. You can pick it up and put it down at will, and never miss a thing.
  • By Alan Goldfarb
    Jul 6, 2015
    Mr. Berlowitz' title is well-known to me; having spent much of my boyhood at Ebbets Field gazing often at the Abe Stark sign.But it was only upon reading the book did I realize -- as stated, no one had ever hit the sign -- that it is most likely meant as a metaphor. A metaphor for life, and most certainly, for Mr. Berlowitz' life, which I can surmise, certain things have been unattainable for him. Having also been brought up in Brooklyn, I was mesmerized with the book, not only because (full disclosure) Cy is a great friend, but because so much of the anecdotes (the book's lifeblood) ring so true. I too fervently hoped, while delivering meat on a large-basketed bike from a kosher butcher, that I would be invited into some beautiful customer's home. Like Cy's aspirations falling short, my did as well. Mr. Berlowitz paints vivid imagery. For instance, the tale of trying to obtain Jackie's (Mr. Robinson to you) autograph, Berlowitz rather viciously slams his elbow into an interloper's... More > ribs; and fears that not only will Jackie remember the incident, but Cy will never, ever be able to obtain our hero's signature. Or take his grandfather's nasty habit of spitting up into folded newspapers, leaving it on Cy's desk blotter, which he had to replace, often. Disgusting! Delightfully vivid. Berlowitz' style is simple. forthright, and rewarding to the reader who longed to get away from parental control, and embark on his own -- no matter what other treachery lay before one's next phase of life. A quick, fascinating, revealing portrait of a boy's non-secular Jewish life in the American shtetl of the '40s and '50s. I've known Cy for more than 45 years, with Hit Sign, Win Suit, I learned things about him I never knew. You will, too.< Less
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May 24, 2015
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.23 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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