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9781439197691

Yossarian Slept Here : When Joseph Heller Was Dad, the Apthorp Was Home, and Life Was a Catch-22

  • ISBN 13:

    9781439197691

  • ISBN 10:

    1439197695

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 08/01/2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Summary

Catch-22 author Joseph Heller’s daughter, Erica, writes a spirited and utterly charming memoir about growing up amidst her father’s literary fame, her parents’ explosive divorce, and her delightfully eccentric upbringing.

• Memoir of a legendary name: First published in 1961, Catch-22 has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. And while Joseph Heller published two memoirs, No Laughing Matter and Now And Then, no one is better positioned to tell the inside story of this fascinating family than Erica Heller. In Yossarian Slept Here, she reveals some of the mysteries surrounding her famous father, recounts her parents’ dynamic marriage and their acrimonious and contentious divorce, and charts a trajectory through their shared history—one that is often darkly humorous enough to have jumped right out of one of her father’s books.

• A memorable, dysfunctional family: Erica Heller recounts her family’s unexpected and intriguing adventures, from her days of public school and running under the park’s sprinklers to spending a summer at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She takes readers to the meetings of the famous Gourmet Club, where her father would dine weekly with Mel Brooks and Zero Mostel, among others, and introduces us to the colorful neighbors who resided at the Apthorp, some famous—George Balanchine, Sidney Poitier, Lena Horne to name a few—and some not famous, but all quite unforgettable.

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