Observations of a Kind is an emotionally invovling and very approachable hardbound collection of 22 true-life stories that launches the reader on a magic carpet ride through the peaks and valleys of everyday life. The words paint pictures that will make you laugh, cry, smile - sometimes all at the same time!
This is a book for everybody. The message of each story gently urges you to recall your own personal observations and the meaning they have brought to your life.
Each story makes you want to read the next. Each re-read will make you discover something new. The stories are diverse as life itself; they are sometimes poignant, sometimes irreverent, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Sample summaries include:
"It Means a Lot to Me" is the story of a well-to-do white boy and a poor black boy with a stammer, who grow up to be best friends, and the enduring impact that relationship has on the Father of the white boy.
"Fanny, I Love You" is the bittersweet story of a boy named Charlie and a girl named Fanny, who fell in love at the age of seven, loved each other for another 82 years, but somehow never married.
"The Taxi Driver" is a harrowing cab ride across New York City with a Viet Nam War Veteran masquerading as a Taxi Driver, who experiences battlefield flashbacks as he drives.
"The Moroccan Affair" is a hilarious story about getting ripped off again and again North African style on a memorable 8-day vacation in the Moroccan countryside.
For those that order immediately, there are a limited number of hand signed first edition copies remaining. Observations of a Kind is also an attractive, high quality gift idea. The orignal art on the 4-color high gloss dustjacket was created especially for Observations by the world famous watercolor artist Errol Etienne.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Once in a while, a writer comes along who creates a book, so personal that it is universal. Matt Crisci has a unique gift to put into words what all of us feel and experience but somehow cannot articulate.
Hw wrote this book with the idea that we all have experiences worth sharing. He just chose to express those experiences in the form of short stories. This is the kind of book you can pick up anywhere, spend just the time you have available, and get amply rewarded. There is so much "stuff" in every page you can read some of these stories five times and find something new and surprising with each read.
While this is his first book, Matt is no novice to writing and the human experience. He is a former award winning newspaper features writer, a nationally reecognized expert on consumer behavior and motivation, and, has been elected to "Who's Who in Amercian Business and Industry" for the past decade. He plans to make Observations of a Kind a four volume series. I've read some of volume two. It is socko! He's also turned one of the short stories,"Fanny, I Love You," into a novel that will appear in print sometime next year.From the Author:
I believe each of us in our lives has expriences that bring added meaning to our lives, and, to those around us. My life has been rich and full of these experiences. I have chosen to call these experiences "Observations of a Kind". And, I have chosen to express these Observations in a series of 22 very approachable and emotionally involving short stories which might put a smile in your heart or perhaps bring a tear to your eye. But most of all. I hope my words will stir a passion to seek your own "Observations of a Kind."
While the literary agent community has told me "short stories are not commercial unless you're famous", my readers have told me different. They have told me, reading and then rereading these stories has been like re-examining their own lives.
Readers also seem to enjoy my writing style which I call "conversational prose". As you read, you will feel like you are overhearing a conversation, and, that for most readers tends to heighten their emotional experience.
One last comment. There is no single theme to the stories... Because life is that way for most of us!
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Book Description Orca Publishing Company, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Limited First Edition. 204pp. #995 of 1000 signed by author. Glossy black cloth boards with brilliant gilt-stamped lettering on spine; aquarium fish illustrating endpapers in shades of light green. Colorful aquarium fish-illustrated dustwrapper not price-clipped ($24.95), title lettering in white across top front cover; author name lettering in white, within a small square red box at bottom center front cover. Flawless copy, flatsigned by author above his printed name on title page. Bookseller Inventory # 000670
Book Description Orca Publishing Company, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0966336003