I Was a Child

I Was a Child

Here is the first non-fiction book by Bruce Eric Kaplan. It is a book wholly unique in form and feeling. This memoir is both full of wonder and anxiety, and is altogether side-splitting and heart-breaking. Above all, it captures what it was like for Bruce Eric Kaplan, and perhaps some of you, to be a child....

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Title:I Was a Child
Author:Bruce Eric Kaplan
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0399169512
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

I Was a Child Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    May 09, 2015
    I just yesterday reviewed a Big Important Spiritual Travel Book, The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen, with lovely rich poetic writing and legit spiritual insights, one of my all time favorites, so you have to consider my reading I Was a Child in this context. But I did like this book...
  • Susan Merrell
    Mar 30, 2015
    Deceptively simple, this is a memoir that should not be missed. Poignant and sad, but loving and understanding at the same time--at the end, we have a clear sense of why BEK became the artist he is. This is a book more difficult to describe than it is to read, which is why you should j...
  • Kerfe
    Feb 22, 2017
    Growing up is like riding a roller coaster on one big psychedelic dream. Everyone is clueless. Most adults have either forgotten that fact, or are pretending really hard that it isn't true. Kaplan is 12 years younger than I am, and though his childhood might have varied from ...
  • Bethany
    Nov 07, 2014
    * I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. * This is a fantastic example of someone making something beautiful out of the ordinary and mundane. Bruce Eric Kaplan writes small snippets - usually no longer than a paragraph - about various pa...
  • Jessica
    May 22, 2015
    Poignant, funny, at times heart-breaking. The drawings, about one to a page, are perfect. I'm a huge fan of BEK (the New Yorker cartoonist), and his memoir did not disappoint. It brought to mind Joe Brainard's I Remember, as different as they are, I suppose beacuse of the era they evo...
  • Nancy
    Nov 30, 2015
    Perfect quick blast through someone's childhood that felt EXACTLY LIKE MINE. Except it wasn't, so that makes it amazing (that he made it seem as if it were). Every candy bar, every bad smell, every odd thing he remembers. It is like a list, but with the most exquisite frosting of detai...
  • LoriO
    Mar 10, 2018
    I loved this book so much, but I would almost have to. Bruce Kaplan was born the same year as I, and lived an almost identical life to mine, except that he grew up in New Jersey and came to Queens to visit his grandmother and I grew up in Queens and went to New Jersey to visit my grand...
  • shirley
    May 26, 2015
    Well, that was weird. I picked this book up because I thought it was written by someone who went to my high school who had a book published last year. Who also works in tv. Whose name is very similar to this author's. It wasn't, they are different people. This guy grew up in Maplewo...
  • Karen McQuestion
    Jun 25, 2015
    I loved this book! It was funny and heartwarming and sad, and I think the author and I might have had the same set of parents. I loved the way the memoir was structured with each memory being its own little random paragraph. It makes me want to write something similar, not for the publ...
  • Mary
    Feb 03, 2018
    Here and there memories of the objects and mysteries of childhood, fast forwarding to Kaplan's parents deaths. Essentially an illustrated guide to the complexities of hope and yearning while embedded in a depressed household. Touching at points and right on the money at others, as when...
  • Margot Note
    Apr 25, 2015
    This book mentioned one of my favorite commercials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcW5v... ...
  • Peter
    Feb 01, 2015
    Can I give the rare FIVE STARS to a book that took me about an hour to read ? Sure, why not! This book is much better than a lot of the turgid, humorless memoirs out there, and there's a lot of amusing oddball drawings too! It might be because we were both born in the mid-60's that...
  • Jeremy
    Oct 10, 2015
    Haunting, austere, and full of the sensory memories that define our conception of our childhoods from the other side. Moving, wise, and a book that seems to me to get at universal feelings and senses almost effortlessly. ...
  • Aisling
    Feb 21, 2015
    This is a delight of a book. It is not a traditional memoir; the book is written in short paragraphs but the sharpness of the picture Kaplan gives is amazing. This is a truly talented writer (as you would expect from someone who has been writing for the New Yorker, Seinfeld, Six Feet U...
  • Debi G.
    May 30, 2015
    wry nostalgic quippy brief honest ...
  • Bill Horne
    Aug 14, 2015
    My wife knew the author in high school, and so she picked up this book last night. I picked it up this morning and couldn't put it down. It's sweet, melancholy, and funny. I could totally relate to some of his observations. It's a quick read... I think I read the whole thing in less th...
  • Laura
    Apr 11, 2015
    I want to like Ernest Hemmingway's writing, because it is (supposedly) so sparse and direct and clear. But I can't get into it. This is not Hemmingway, but it's more my level. :-) A simple, sad reflection on a childhood, a family, a marriage, an era. Told in stream-of-consciousne...
  • Anna
    Apr 02, 2015
    I Was a Child is a memoir written in short unconnected vignettes interspersed with drawings. I don't like this memoir for several different reasons. I wasn't born until the eighties. Kaplan escaped from a complicated upbringing through the T.V. shows of his childhood. I was born severa...
  • Diane Barnes
    Apr 14, 2015
    3 1/2 stars actually. A beautiful little book about being a child. The simplistic language is deceiving. There's more here than meets the eye at first glance. Wonderful illustrations. ...
  • Heidi The Reader
    Mar 14, 2015
    I Was a Child is Bruce Eric Kaplan's (BEK) memoir and is written in a stream-of-consciousness style with small, hand-drawn cartoons interspersed throughout the text. Each blurb is a recollection of an event, time, television show, piece of furniture in the house, anything and everythin...
  • Erin
    Apr 10, 2015
    I hated this book for a few pages and then fell madly in love with it. It took me a minute to recall BEK's New Yorker cartoons but when I did the cartoons in the book made more sense - some are aggressively bad, which was baffling at first until I came to recognize the sort of crude ur...
  • Jeffrey D.
    Aug 24, 2016
    Not bad. Certainly more a collection of memories than an memoir since there is no connecting narrative except perhaps chronology. There are things about the book that are wonderful memories and delightful moments. There are very obvious, mundane observations as well making for a mixed ...
  • Carol
    Apr 17, 2015
    It is better than a 3 star but too tiny for 4 stars. I actually loved this book and felt really inspired to write one like it of my own. It was so much more accessable and unintimidating than a regular autobiography. I could do this! ...
  • Amanda S.
    Dec 08, 2014
    ****An Advanced Reading Copy of I Was a Child: A Memoir by Bruce Eric Kaplan was generously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for honest review. The illustrations are adorable! That's what popped into my head the first time I read it. These illustrations and the short story a...
  • Jessica Rosner
    Feb 22, 2019
    I am always grateful when I come across a book like this. Personal, interesting, funny, poignant and creative. Mr. Kaplan uses words and small spare sketches to his child self, and his human but flawed family. There is no big message, no Oprah or Reese movie within these pages. Ins...
  • Michelle
    Apr 06, 2015
    I think Kaplan is a funny guy based on his comics that have been published in The New Yorker, so I was excited when I found out he was coming out with a memoir. The book read really quickly, and I enjoyed the combination of short blurbs and drawings. There were a few pages when I laugh...
  • Nancy Ellen
    Mar 29, 2017
    This book rocks. It is a childhood memoir (though it extends as far as the death of the author's parents when he is an adult) that is both hysterically funny and sharply poignant, without being sentimental at all. I really enjoyed the author's straightforward uncluttered style and awes...
  • juliemcl
    Apr 17, 2015
    Slight, but funny illustrated memoir of growing up in suburban north Jersey in the 60s and 70s. This is the New Yorker cartoonist known as BEK, who also writes and produces for HBO's Girls among other shows. I laughed out loud (alone, in a room) at least twice reading this, which alway...
  • Reading Harbor
    Feb 15, 2015
    Note: I won a Good Reads giveaway and my review is for the ARC copy. This book is hilarious. But it is dark humor. I think if you like the type of humor that is on the cartoon called Bob's Burger's on Hulu, you would like this. The story is basically an autobiography from day 0 (ear...
  • Jessica Creason
    Dec 21, 2015
    This book was awesome! I was a little disappointed with how it ended, though! With all that skipping around, it could have ended things at a different point. I also think that it could have been more effective if written in chronological order, instead of skipping around so much. But, ...