Insomniac City

Insomniac City

New York, Oliver, and Me

Book - 2017
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A "celebration of what [writer and photographer] Bill Hayes calls 'the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected' of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late [neurologist] Oliver Sacks"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781620404935
1620404931
Branch Call Number: 920.073 HA
Characteristics: 291 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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bolan1972
Nov 04, 2018

Loved this book. Really poignant story set amongst NYC settings.

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krsbozo
Oct 24, 2018

I liked this book a lot, because I'm a huge fan of Oliver Sachs, and Bill Hayes gave Oliver the love he richly deserved near the end of his life -- and received the love of Oliver in return. That part of the book is touching and wonderful. The photographs and stories about NYC are great, too.

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FairhavenLibe
Sep 22, 2018

I feel like I've paid a visit to New York without ever leaving my couch, and met characters I couldn't have known any other way than through the watchful eyes -- and humble heart -- of Billy Hayes. Heartbreaking, uplifting, funny. A multi-faceted gem of a book that along the way gives insight into the workings of one of our brilliant minds, Oliver Sacks.
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redtayres
May 23, 2017

There is no other way to say this: I LOVED this book. I want to hold its author as one of my closest friends. I want to return soon to NYC. I want to be a better, more engaged person with the ones I love, always making certain that they know their worth and feel my love. I want to be a better observer, have more random encounters, and here you go: This book makes me want to be a better person.

One of the best - if not THE best - books I've read in a very long while.

(Don't listen on audio. The book has many photographic images which set the tone and would be hugely missed in any format but print).

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okbookgirl
Apr 10, 2017

Simply beautiful! How lucky for Mr. Hayes and Dr. Sacks that their paths crossed. And, how lucky for us that Hayes is such a fine writer and photographer. He makes me want to pack up and move to New York. Highly recommended.

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