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Be Sweet: A Conditional Love Story

Blount, Roy Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0679400540 / ISBN 13: 9780679400547
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1998
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Stated First Edition - first printing. Signed by Author on Title Page with his facial drawing below signature. Book is clean and tight. Dust Jacket in protective cover. 289 pages. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007404

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Title: Be Sweet: A Conditional Love Story

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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In the book his laughing and loving readers have been waiting for, our generation's master of full-hearted humor lays open the soul of his life story.

Roy Blount Jr.--Georgia boy turned New York wit, lover of baseball and interesting women, bumbling adventurer, literary lion, salty-limerick virtuoso and impassioned father--journeys into the past and his psyche (also all the way to China, sixty feet underwater and to various Manhattan hot spots) in search of the answers to three riddles that have haunted him intimately:

One: the riddle of "the family curse." Two: the riddle of what drives him (or anyone) to be funny. Three: the riddle of what so cruelly tangled his unseverable bond with the beguiling, beaten orphan girl who became the impossible mother who raised him to Be Sweet.

Roy Blount's memoir is sardonic and sentimental, hilarious and grieving, brazen and bashful, tough and tender--sometimes by turns and sometimes all at once. Almost harshly honest, yet sportively wayward, Be Sweet resonates with the complex but bouncy chords of a whole man singing, clinkers and all.


Roy Blount doesn't like being 55. But then, does anyone? Hindsight being 20/20, we're sure to notice the mammoth pile of quirks, foibles, and just plain oddball behavior--not to mention downright nastiness--each of us has accumulated at the midlife point. If there's an observer you'd want to have there with you to sort out the good you've done (or at least the funny bits) and make all those bittersweet memories melt on your tongue, Blount may be the one.

In Be Sweet, his hilarious yet deeply moving personal memoir, Blount holds up the recollections of his life for all to see, like an archaeologist uncovering something precious and rare, exposing his soul to the air. "There are various ways of being shameless in the world," he says. "One is to write a memoir." And this life's story, told in a subtle and self-effacing style, is shamelessly funny.

While exploring the maddening subtext of his relationship with his mother, Blount has written "a conditional love story," and shaped a wonderfully entertaining memoir filled with poignant truths and brilliant reflections. Be Sweet may leave you laughing, but you'll likely feel a little something welling in the corner of your eye, and find yourself looking at your own life with a smile on your face. --George Laney

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