Robert Avrech’s funny, moving love letter to his wife is finally available for purchase

Robert Avrech, who blogs at Seraphic Secret, flattered me tremendously when he asked me to read his e-book How I Married Karen and, if I felt so inclined to write a pre-publication blurb.  As it turned out, I felt very inclined, because the book was a pleasure from beginning to end.  Or as I wrote:

I’m a little at a loss as to how to review “How I Married Karen,” because I’m afraid that giving it the extremely high praise it deserves will sound fatuous. Surely a book can’t be this good? Well, yes it can. Within 164 light, bubbly, moving, funny pages, Robert J. Avrech packs in so much: the abiding wonder of finding one’s true love; the academic woes of a square peg in school’s relentlessly round holes; life as an Orthodox Jew in New York in the 1960s and 1970s; the way in which movies provide so much of a backdrop to and reference point for our lives; adolescent angst; morality; and patriotism. That Mr. Avrech manages so gracefully to crowd so many ideas into one small book is a testament to both his skill as a writer and to his transcendent love for his wife, Karen Avrech. After I gobbled up the book, I felt lighter and happier for the rest of the day.

If you are interested in brightening your holiday by learning where to buy How I Married Karen, or if you’d just like to read all the other rave reviews Robert’s e-book garnered, go here.  The book isn’t yet available on Amazon, but I’ll let you know when it is.

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  • Earl

    Robert wrote a series of posts several years ago with the same title….they were WONDERFUL!!  I’m really pleased that he’s made a book of it. 
    E-publishing is enabling lots of people to write their books who would never have had a chance in the past….and that’s terrific.  Reminds me of the old story about the guy who gets to heaven and the first angel he sees invites him to a poetry reading by “the greatest poet who ever lived on earth”.  He followed the angel, wondering if he would hear Robert Frost, Shakespeare, David the Psalmist, etc…..  When he got there, the poet was introduced as Hannah P. (or whoever)….when he asked the angel what was up, saying he’d never heard of her, he was told that she’d never published any of her poetry because she’d spent her life raising her kids and working to be sure the family had enough for school supplies, etc.
    It’s going to be harder to miss out on poetry, music, stories, etc. from ordinary folks in the future.

  • Simplemind

    Agree completely.  He is an excellent writer.  I also recommend regulars stops to his blog Seraphic Secret.

  • Ymarsakar

    Many good things have come across from the net, including kick starter and Japanese culture. The perfect example of a free market, free of totalitarian greed and factional strife, where one’s man success does not equate to another person’s failure and suffering. May it in the future also be said of life in our nations and communities.