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  • By David Whitehouse
    Mar 15, 2015
    Rick Brown's "Caviar" relishes in nostalgia - but not the soft-focus, sepia-toned kind that masks life's blemishes. The other kind - the embarrassingly honest, the laugh-out-loud hilarity, the "I-wish-you-didn't-tell-that-story-in-mixed-company" kind that makes for a string of unforgettable tales. These stories of youth and beyond revel in characters' imperfections (including the author's), which make them immediately recognizable and endearing. Brown captures the magic realm of a big backyard to pre-teen boys, the alluring mystery of the opposite sex to high-schoolers and the entirety of a father/son relationship in small, understated exchanges, where often a few words paints the mural of their relationship. And did I mention it was funny? Brown's rebellious attitude makes for some of the book's funniest passages - I'll never look at the character Gumby again without hearing a crowd of people chanting for his getting beaten. The stories are fast-paced and... More > heart-felt and the characters are familiar and larger-than-life. Though I've never eaten salt-cured fish eggs, I devoured this book and enjoyed every morsel!< Less
  • By Richard Fowler
    Feb 17, 2015
    For me, Caviar, the book, is so much more tasty than little black or red fish eggs! It captured me immediately with "Tromboner" because like Rick, I learned how to play the instrument (sort of) from Mr. Domencetti. From "Teen Canteen" and "Spirit Club" through the closing chapter about Henri, I found myself enjoying this read more than many books I've tackled (see "Round the Trees and Through The Tires") lately. Yes, I grew up with Mr. Brown and am proud to call him a friend. But you don't have to be from Rick's hometown to embrace his wit and amazing recall. His writings will stir memories of every reader, as they reminisce about times past and present. He reminds us that we grew up in a simpler time and managed to evolve to celebrate the present. So grab some crackers and Caviar and settle in for a great read............Bon Appetit!
  • By William M Balson Jr
    Dec 23, 2014
    I am going to build on the previous review and say think attitude with insight. Rick amazes me in his ability to see past events as if they happened yesterday. They are clear and fresh and I remember being in similar situations. If you ever endured high school football two-a-days you owe it to yourself to read the chapter 'Round the Trees and Through The Tires'. Anyone that has endured the horrors of football practice in August on a field packed to the consistency of cement will recognize some part of this flash back. I was nodding yes all through it. One of my favorite tales is called 'Choir Risers and it is so true to the teen male mind that it should be required reading in Human Development courses. 'The Bubbas' is insightful and comic without being zany. Real humor should stay just this side of zany. So here is the finish. If nothing else you have to find out why every neighborhood watch should have one guy with a chainsaw. Good reading.
  • By Jimmy Mak
    Dec 16, 2014
    Think Dave Barry with an attitude. Rick Brown's memories are sincere, sardonic and damn funny. Highly recommended!
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Product Details

ISBN
9781312629561
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Richard A. Brown
Published
November 11, 2014
Language
English
Pages
244
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.93 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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