Assisted Loving

The title’s great and I love the jacket, even if the L.A. Times review opens with a diatribe against it. From the consumer reviews, Bob Morris’s Assisted Loving sounds like just the thing to pass the time while waiting to get to the head of the David Sedaris reserve list.

Libraries own it in modest quantities, with comfortable holds to copy ratios.

Here’s what consumer reviewers have been saying:

Entertainment Weekly, 5/23, Tina Jordan

Just months after his mother died, journalist Bob Morris noticed with horror that his 80-year-old dad, Joe, had — quite unmistakably — begun to troll for babes….Morris laces his droll, sweet story with some pretty unflinching descriptions — not just of his dad but of himself.

Los Angeles Times, 6/3, Dinah Lenney

Morris alternates chapters about their love lives, his and his father’s, to hilarious and touching effect…[a] heartfelt contribution to the canon of father-son memoir; an expression of civility, a grace note unto itself.

Interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, Terry Gross, 5/28

Before Assisted Living was a book, it was an off-Broadway comic review. Morris’s experience on the stage makes him a great interviewee.

Assisted Loving by Bob Morris

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Harper (May 27, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061374121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061374128

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