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700 Sundays

Crystal, Billy

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ISBN 10: 0446578673 / ISBN 13: 9780446578677
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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0446578673 > SIGNED by Author. Flat signed by the author on the title page. Spine has bumping at upper and lower edges. Else clean and straight. All pages are firm to the spine. Binding is tight and square. Interior is free of marks and the text block is straight. > First edition with full number line. > DJ in very good condition with bumping to the spine tips and some light scuffing. Black and white photos throughout. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-0769676

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Title: 700 Sundays

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

A memoir based on the Emmy-nominated actor's Broadway play is a humorous and poignant portrayal of his youth that describes his experiences of growing up in a family headed by a father who worked two jobs to support the family before succumbing to heart failure when Crystal was fifteen. 750,000 first printing.

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Actor and comedian Billy Crystal has forged a highly successful career by portraying other people in movies like When Harry Met Sally... and City Slickers. But in 700 Sundays, a memoir based on his one-man Broadway play of the same name, Crystal tells his own story, dissecting an often complex relationship with his father and how that relationship resonated in other aspects of his life. His father, Jack Crystal was an influential jazz concert promoter and operated an influential jazz record label, affording his son an opportunity to tell stories of being taken to his first movie by Billie Holliday and seeing his grandmother suggest that Louis Armstrong simply "try coughing it up." But Jack died when his son was fifteen years old, soon after a forever-unresolved argument between the two, leaving Billy to cope with crushing grief while simultaneously and perhaps ironically trying to launch a career in comedy. This lends 700 Sundays much needed gravity in a volume that is packed with zingy one-liners and whimsical observations that serve to illustrate the comedy career Crystal forged, while also providing some decent laughs. Interestingly, there is very little reference to the better known accomplishments of Crystal’s Hollywood career as the author chooses to focus instead on the seemingly mundane but highly entertaining aspects of his Long Island roots. Though 700 Sundays (the name comes from Crystal’s estimation of how many Sundays he got to spend with his father) is packaged here in book form, it reads like a piece of theater and, more specifically, like a selection of memories about a father, lovingly and touchingly re-told by his loving son. --John Moe

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