Friday, February 24, 2012

King of the Mild Frontier by Chris Crutcher

Crutcher puts his amazing storytelling skills to work on recounting his own childhood and the book is filled with side-splitting laughs as well as sadness. Crutcher tells about his discovery of Esus, Jesus's older and smarter brother; how he was shot in the head by his brother but helped to cover it up from his parents; and the secret initiation rites of his high school fraternity. Unlike most biographies, King of the Mild Frontier is not arranged chronologically. Instead, it meanders around through the years but always ties everything together at the end of each chapter. I loved the book and the stories but I think it will be even better when I get the audio version of the book and hear Crutcher reading them himself.

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