BOSTON BOY is a remarkable book, highly candid, and as a memoir, the book is an excellent example of what fine memoir writing can be. Nat Hentoff grew up in the Roxbury area of Boston in the 1930s and 1940s, and he was forced to confront many things, among them Judaism and anti-Semitism. Today, Hentoff is considered an authority of First Amendment issues facing the United States. He writes for the "Village Voice," and the "Wall Street Journal," and has contributed numerous important liner notes for jazz recordings. He was for many years the jazz critic for "Down Beat."
BOSTON BOY is full of memorable observations and quotes, such as this one by jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke: "One of the things I like about jazz, kid, is I don"t know whats going to happen next. Do you?" This memoir is alive with feeling and is sensitively written.
I salute you Nat Hentoff for doing what you had the courage to do in your continual efforts to safeguard First Amendment rights and your keen insights into revealing what the United States government has attempted too many times with its governmental efforts to sidestep First Amendment rights. BOSTON BOY is a firstrate writing endeavor and an enjoyable writing experience. This is living cultural history at its best.
Nat Hentoff's honest look at his rebellious youth and life and times should be must reading for those people interested in the history of American Jazz and must reading for all who know what a struggle it is to maintain the First Amendment rights in the United States. BOSTON BOY will move you will excite you will make you cry will make you happy this memoir will give you a great reading experience.
To endure is what life is about all else is secondary. Nat Hentoff has endured beautifully. BOSTON BOY is a winner in any category and a genuinely honest reading experience. Excellent memoir!'BOSTON BOY is a unique memoir that is filled with memorable observations on the jazz scene, based on jazz critic and writing legend Nat Hentoffs experiences in his rebellious youth. BOSTON BOY is a reading adventure firstrate all the way in every way and a book to enjoy reading over again.'