2017-09-06 / Front Page

Visit With Author Of ‘Playing Catch With Strangers’

Three upcoming local events (and more to be announced shortly), will feature author, New York Times personal essayist, and executive, Bob Brody. This longtime Forest Hills resident will be presenting his new memoir, “Playing Catch with Strangers: A Family Guy (Reluctantly) Comes of Age,” which celebrates his life in New York City, with special emphasis on the borough of Queens, that he’s called home since 1977 and where he learned, by trial and error, to finally become a mature adult. In vignettes by turns humorous and harrowing, Brody chronicles his ongoing struggle – as a conflicted son, a loving but often misguided husband and a trial-and-error parent – to attain something approximating adulthood. Playing Catch with Strangers is about Brody’s often tormented, doubly disabled mother; his gentle-hearted but distant, workaholic father; his heroically generous-spirited mother-in-law; his ever-forbearing wife; and his much-blessed son and daughter.

The events will encompass a book talk, sale and signing, as well as establish the importance of preserving personal and family history, and also emphasize the "how to" aspect of writing a memoir.

• September 9 at 2:30 pm: Queens Library, Forest Hills branch, 108-19 71st Ave.
• September 21 at 6:30 pm: Cipollina Gourmet Italian Market, 116-09 Queens Blvd.
• October 14 at 2 pm: Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica.

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