WHO AM I?
Bill Gralnick has been writing ever since his mother said, “'Little Pishers' should be seen not heard.” As a teen, he wrote over one hundred love letters to his girlfriend. As an adult he has written almost nine hundred op-ed pieces for newspapers around the country—four have appeared in USA Today. This is his third book. There are three more in the hopper.
"I feel a little transparency is warranted. I am Brooklyn through and through. No matter where I am is where some part of Brooklyn is. But I didn’t dumpster-dive in old memories of older folks just because they were from Brooklyn. As you know, this summer my memoir, “The War of the Itchy Balls and Other Tales from Brooklyn” will be published. I was curious how my memories stacked up against others well distant from me though still Brooklynites. I even found that several others have written books, mostly e-books it seems. I will read a few. However, the question remains, “How did the memories compare?” The answer is…read my book–at least from my perspective."
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2020
"In a world of morose, sad stories about abuse and tragedy, it is wonderful to come upon a book of heartwarming humor and reflection. If you are a child of the 40's, or 50's so much of Gralnick's narrative will fill you with nostalgia. And even if you are a bit older or younger, his breezy writing style and great storytelling abilities will just make you smile. Return to Bill Gralnick's Brooklyn, enjoy Coney Island and the corner candy store, remember your days at sleep away camp as you share a wonderful early life of a truly gifted memoirist."
- Judith Sue