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The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Robert Klein is a non-fiction writer with a good number of books to his name. Klein is also an award-winning comedian who has been in the industry for decades. Some of Klein’s work features autobiographies of his early life in comedy and the drama that is part of show business. Best known for his observational humor in film, television, and Broadway, Klein’s books allow readers to understand more about his journey while experiencing his humorous tone in print.

The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back

The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue is an evocative, humorous memoir detailing Robert Klein’s life from the young age of 9 to twenty-five through the veil of time. The journal is divided into fifteen chapters, each highlighting the influences of Klein’s youth at that particular time. Each of these chapters comes complete with a photo of how Klein looked like at the time.

Growing up in the Bronx in the 1950s was not easy for young Klein. He was a child of Jews immigrants who passed on their “wary of people” concerns to him and his sister. The family did not have much, and Klein’s bedroom was a Castro convertible ottoman placed in their small living room. Despite being brought up in a crumpled sixth-floor apartment, Klein never stopped dreaming, and his accomplishments are nothing compared to his humble beginnings.
In this memoir, the author talks about the frustrations that come with teenage that pushed him to visit a prostitute in Harlem. There are details on how he met anti-Semitism at an institutional and individual level at Alfred University yet still had loads of fun throughout his college life. Klein also documents his move to Yale School of Drama, New York Theater, and the romances that colored his life.

Sex is among the recurring themes in this memoir. The theme starts with Klein losing his virginity to a prostitute and the shame and thrill that came with this experience. There are also details of the women he took to bed in college and when he got into show business. The memoir highlights the sexual attitudes in the fifties and sixties, making the stories even more enjoyable. From these stories, it is clear that Klein experienced both successes and failures on stage as well as in the bedroom.

The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue tells the story of life in New York in the 1950s. It also offers an insightful picture of college life in an era where Jews were still discriminated against. Through this memoir, readers get to read about the struggles that Klein went through at the start of his career and the crafts he had to learn on his way up. The memoir alternates dark events and humor making it easy for the reader to laugh at some of the mistakes the author made in his youth.

If you are a fan of comedy and want to know more about Robert Klein, this memoir is ideal. You will laugh at the witty anecdotes while getting a clear picture of what happens when the curtains fall, and comedians retreat to their personal spaces. The memoir is filled with captivating tales told in a humorous yet honest way — a great nostalgic coming of age story filled with humor from beginning to end.

The Beer Lover’s Rating Guide

The Beer Lover’s Rating Guide details a decade long 90000-mile journey of a beer lover determined to ensure that you never have to drink a bad beer again. Klein details his findings after taking a beer-tasting tour in 75 countries and across all states in the US. Told in Klein’s humorous tone, this guide features the top brand in the beer industry as well as the little known brewpubs in different parts of the world. The guide delivers a detailed description of what each bottle tastes like to the last drop.

While Klein brings his comedian personality in this guide, it is a relief to find that it is very detailed. Klein uses a toned version of the rating used by BJCP to ensure that his writing not only reflects his opinion, but all the factors professionals consider while rating a beer. The way Klein describes some of his favorite beers is quite captivating, and it will be hard to resist the temptation to try the Rogue Shakespeare Stout and other brands that leave quite an impression.

Aside from offering an honest review of the beers he tasted, Klein also delivers at-a-glance charts you can always use when you don’t have time to read an entire review. The beers are classified by style, state, and country for easy referencing. Get all the essential highlights about your favorite alts, stouts, and lagers without having to go through tons of pages to do so. This guide goes beyond rating and also offers recommendations for foods that would go well with the beer choices you make. Additionally, you will get information on how to rate the beers you take and find microbreweries that offer the best beers the world has to offer.

This guide is designed with novice consumers in mind, and Klein is careful to include all the crucial details in a lingo that the beginners can understand. That said, there is no doubt that you will find the guide insightful even if you know a lot about beers. If you do not know anything about the beers and the processes involved in making them, this guide will turn you into an expert by the time you get to the last page. Get to know about uncommon beers and some destinations you can visit to have a taste of the best beers in the market.

Want a humorous piece that will initiate you into the world of beer? The Beer Lover’s Rating Guide is ideal. The guide is not only detailed but also structured in a way that anyone can understand each beer and how it is rated. There are some exotic beers in this guide, and if you are a beer lover, you are going to experience quite an adventure trying to find them and taste them.

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