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My Father's Guitar & Other Imaginary Things (Paperback) (Joseph Skibell)

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“Like a literary Louis C.K.--Skibell is not shy about exposing the foibles of the man he has become, or his clumsy pursuits of happiness.” —Bret Wood, writer/director           Did Joseph Skibell’s father trick him when he offered his beautiful guitar and then delivered a not-so-beautiful one? Can it be that the telemarketer calling at dinnertime is a thoughtful, sensitive person also looking for a Utopian world? Can a father have any control over his teenage daughter’s sex life? Can a son have control over his father’s expectations? The award-winning writer ponders these and other bewildering questions in his first nonfiction book.Joseph Skibell is a dreamer, an innocent. As a professor, he may spend time on Big Thoughts, but it’s the small moments in life that he addresses in these essays. With disarming honesty, he gives us an intimate glimpse into his life. True, some of these incidents might make him look like a fool, but that only serves to make him more human. The pleasure in these pieces is accepting, with Skibell, that life is made up of little annoyances, fantasies, imaginings, and delusions--and these are what make us who we are.“The voice is so beguiling, the tone so sweet and hilarious, you quickly realize that you are in the hands of a master . . . Mr. I. B. Singer, meet Mr. Twain. This is a book to be prized in the way readers prize the work of Charles Portis.” —James Magnuson, author of Famous Writers I Have Known“These wise and humane offerings aren’t stories; they’re musical notes, from a master composer . . . that will linger in your memory long after reading, as the best music always does.” —Jeremy Dauber, author ofThe Worlds of Sholem Aleichem 
?Like a literary Louis CK?Skibell is not shy about exposing the foibles of the man he has become, or his clumsy pursuits of happiness.? ?Bret Wood, writer/director

Did Joseph Skibell?s father trick him when he offered his beautiful guitar and then delivered a not-so-beautiful one? Can it be that the telemarketer calling at dinnertime is a thoughtful, sensitive person also looking for a Utopian world? Can a father have any control over his teenage daughter?s sex life? Can a son have control over his father?s expectations? The award-winning writer ponders these and other bewildering questions in his first nonfiction book.

Joseph Skibell is a dreamer, an innocent. He sees things in a sometimes odd way. The ?imaginary things? in his title refers to all those things he observes that are supposed to work, supposed to happen, supposed to make sense. But, like much of life, it doesn?t always work out that way.

As a professor, he may spend time on Big Thoughts, but it?s the small moments in life that he addresses in these essays. With disarming honesty, he gives us an intimate glimpse into his life and is unafraid to depict himself in a less than flattering light. True, some of these incidents might make him look like a fool, but that only serves to make him more human. The pleasure in these pieces is accepting, with Skibell, that life is made up of little annoyances, fantasies, imaginings, and delusions?and these are what make us who we are.

Because Skibell is a brilliant writer, he makes us think, make us laugh, as he offers up the world through his quirky lens.
Number of Pages: 209
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Humor
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Workman Pub Co
Author: Joseph Skibell
Language: English
Street Date: October 27, 2015
TCIN: 23987566
UPC: 9781565129306
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-5273

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