Last evening, my new book, THE SECOND MOURNING, received the equivalent of a 5-STAR review from Kirkus Book Reviews! (One of the most prominent book reviewers in the country!) They began by referring to the story of President Garfield’s assassination as “a fascinating narrative that covers new ground.” After a thorough analysis of the entire book, they concluded with another great compliment….. one that I might add to the back cover….. “[Yanoff’s book] is an immensely readable narrative that portrays the mood and tumultuous events of the day.”
What can I say? I am humbled and delighted, and this is bound to increase our sales, which are starting to head toward the “best-seller” designation. Thank you, Kirkus, for the great review! (By the way, if you would like to read the entire review, just go to Kirkus Reviews and look up the title of the book or my name.)
Speaking of “Starry Starry Nights,” did you know that I once insured Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpiece? They were having a special show at the New York Museum of Modern Art, and the curator was looking for some extra insurance coverage. Back then, the painting was estimated to be worth well over $100 million dollars, but by today’s standards, it is truly priceless.
I was very “moved” by the painting. So was Van Gogh. Of course, he was sort of a “moving Van.” The question is, where did Van Gogh? (Off the deep end.) What can I say, the man was talented, but “ear-rational.” (All right, no more ear jokes!)
But since we’re on the subject of humor….. Here is Part 2 of “Kids Say The Darndest Things.” These comments were recorded at (I hope you’re sitting down) Harvard University! A sophomore summer school class was discussing the recent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and the students had this to say…..
1. The young man who got killed was severely wounded. (Undoubtedly.)
2. I heard that the victim was shot six times. My friend said it was more like half a dozen times. (Tough call.)
3. The percolator should be severely penalized. (Uh-oh, there’s trouble brewing.)
4. The case will go to the Grand Jury, and they will decide whether to entice or equip the police officer. (They might do both.)
And my personal favorite…..
5. The National Guard was called out to enforce a no-fly zone in the neighborhood. (Well, some of the protestors did seem high.)
Incidentally, since we’re on the subject of “lofty events,” did you read the newspaper story about the family court judge who issued an eviction notice to her own daughter? No joke. The judge’s daughter is VERY pregnant, and in order to “push things along,” the sweet baby, resting comfortably in the womb, was issued (in absentia) an eviction notice!! There was no mention of the baby girl’s reaction, but I would be willing to bet that she will be kicking and screaming when she makes her grand entrance!
Well, it is time for me to make my not-so-grand exit. (Pancakes on the griddle!) Before I leave, I would like to mention that today’s blog is dedicated to a delightful gentleman named Marvin Rubenstein. Mr. Rubenstein recently passed away, but he gave the world 96 years of joy and laughter. He will be missed by many.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. Be safe and keep smiling… love to all.