I just finished this yesterday. I bought it for a dollar about ten years ago with a group of other Murdoch and JP Donleavy books at this overstock book outlet in Kittery. In the upper right corner you can still see the discoloration where the price sticker was.
This is the third Murdoch book I’ve read, the other two being Under the Net and Bruno’s Dream, and I think this is the tougher read and most difficult to get into of the three. In that sense I would say at least read Under the Net first before you consider this one.
This is also my first book read as a married man. I started it during the weekend Jen and I got married, and have finished it just before our two-month anniversary, which is this Friday.
Water Runs Dry - Boyz II Men (II, 1994)
Oscar de la Renta
The Persuaders - Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1974)
We have to get a grip. Ebola is not a crisis in the United States. One person has died and two people are infected with his body fluids.
The real crisis is the hysteria over Ebola that’s being fed by media outlets seeking sensationalism and politicians posturing for the midterm elections.
Popular children’s author, Stanford Higgens, released his latest book yesterday at a signing event at a local Library. Titled “Don’t Eat Milo’s Head”, the book tells the story of a young boy named Milo whose head is made entirely out of a delicious, yet undefined, homemade pie.
"The three best things in the entire world are pie, people’s heads and children," the author said. "In ‘Don’t Eat Milo’s Head’, I’ve brought those things together into one story that I believe will launch a new genre of food-headed themed stories for children."
In the story, Milo wakes up one morning to discover his entire head is made out of freshly-baked pie. As he navigates through his journey, Milo seeks to discover how his head was transformed into a delicious baked good and how such a turn of events will have an impact on the rest of his life. Throughout the story, Milo must evade an array of hungry bandits, raccoons, pastry chefs and members of the 38th United States Congress.
"I think my favorite scene in the book is when former New Hampshire Senator John P. Hale turns to Indiana Senator Thomas A. Hendricks and says, ‘I’m gonna ratify that pie right into my belly,’" said Higgens. "Those are the fun little surprises peppered throughout the story. I mean, imagine a former United States Senator stuffing his face in such gluttonous fashion! It’s whimsical!"
Higgens said his latest effort has opened his mind to a lot of different opportunities.
"I realize now that you can combine any food item with any body part and whammo! you have a children’s story," the 49-year old author said. "It’s inspiring."
Higgens was quick to defend himself from recent criticism that “Don’t Eat Milo’s Head” is too graphic in places for young children, particularly a scene near the end of the story where Milo’s head is ravaged by a pack of dirty hobos under the Brooklyn Bridge, leaving the young protagonist with little more than crust for face.
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"There is a symmatry to this story and I think once people have had an opportunity to digest it, and just for the record that pun was completely and entirely unintended, but once people absorb the journey and reflect upon it, they will see that it all fits together quite magnificently, even if Milo does end up dying at the hands of dirty, filthy hobos," Higgens said.
Higgens next effort is already in the works. Titled ‘In the Land of Reuben Hands’, it tells the story of a group of young children who wake up one morning to find their hands have been replaced by delicious Reuben sandwiches.