Saturday, December 26, 2009

Raising Jake - Book #112

| Title |Raising Jake |
| Author |Charlie Carillo |
| Genre |Adult Fiction |
| Pages |341 |
| Publisher |Kensington Books |
| Copyright |2009 |

Synopsis (from web-site)
From the author of "Found Money," a wildly inventive new humorist, comes a wry, heartwarming yet darkly funny novel about a father and son's weekend of self-discovery.

Why I read It
I liked the cover – no other reason.

The Good
A really good story.

The Bad
I was left wanting to know more of what happens to the characters.

The Ugly (my opinion)
An estranged father and son (estranged through age and divorce) both experience tragedy and spend the weekend rebuilding their lives and their relationship. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I read this quickly and enjoyed it immensely.

Mormon Mentions

Author BiographyCharlie Carillo was born in New York City on December 8, 1955. He grew up in Douglaston, Queens, a town that was put on the map by three world-class tennis players - John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe and Charlie's sister, Mary Carillo, now a famous sports broadcaster.

The teenage Charlie tried his hand at tennis and lost a match to little John McEnroe 6-0, 6-0. Charlie won a total of one point and wrote about the humiliating but humorous event years later in the New York Times. Charlie graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1977. That same year he won several prizes in the school's writing contest, including one for "the writer showing the most promise." The cash prize was $300, the first money Charlie ever made without pushing a broom or a lawnmower.

In 1978 Charlie took a job as a copyboy at the New York Post, eventually working his way up to reporter, rewrite man and columnist. In 1993 he switched to television, working as a producer for the newsmagazine shows "American Journal" and "Inside Edition" until 2006, when he moved to London. There he continues to work as a freelance TV producer and a magazine writer. He also takes his wife Kim's chocolate labrador retriever, Bailey, on frequent walks.

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