Today: a staff recommendation.
Maria, our head of Children's Services, has been enjoying 700 Sundays, by Billy Crystal, a warm and touching memoir by the well-known comic. It's a book version of his very successful one-man show of the same name, whcih has played on Broadway in the last few years. But it's less about Billy Crystal himself and more about his father and their relationship which was cut short by his father's early death.
Billy Crystal grew up in a large and warm Long Island Jewish family. His father was a jazz musician and the extended family had other show business connections, guaranteeing some brushes with celebrity. Thus Billy's early acquaintance with the likes of Billie Holliday and Louis Armstrong. This alone makes for a great story.
But the poignancy of Billy's feelings for his father round out the tale, with generous doses of nostalgia for the world of the 50s and 60s, the cars we drove, the Yankees, the Beatles, delivered with great affection and many other notes of warmth and remembrance.
Maria heartily recommends!