Gentle Brute

The following is another excerpt from my upcoming memoir, COWBOY FROM PRAGUE: AN IMMIGRANT’S PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM: He yearned to be recognized as an intelligent human being, but he was viewed as a dumb jock. My first impression of him was that of a comic-book version of a cowboy. A giant ellipsoidal head…

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ESCAPE

With this blog, I will begin posting vignettes from my forthcoming (early 2022) book, COWBOY FROM PRAGUE: AN IMMIGRANT’S PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. The following is the opening chapter, titled “Escape”: We’re dead! Two soldiers emerged from the darkness and pointed their rifles at us. They were Nazi SS murderers rumored to be hiding…

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“COWBOY” READY FOR PRIME TIME

READY FOR PRIME TIME! The blank on the right is the completed manuscript of the third book in my memoir trilogy. Titled COWBOY FROM PRAGUE: AN IMMIGRANT’S PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, the manuscript is now completed and professionally edited. Discussions with hybrid publishers are ongoing. Please stay tuned.

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Book review: OUR TEAM by Luke Epplin

When I came to the United States in 1949 as a 13-year-old Czech refugee, I had never heard of the game of baseball. Less than a year after arriving, as I was learning the game, I came across the story of a young man whose story reminded me of my own. Larry Doby, a wonderful…

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My Nazi grandmother

The following is a vignette from my upcoming book, COWBOY FROM PRAGUE: AN IMMIGRANT’S MEMOIR– In 2014, I brought our entire family—all seven of us—to my native country. With some trepidation, expecting pushback from three bored grandkids—I planned an itinerary loaded with visits to places of historical importance, to locales where I had both thrived…

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The dreaded n-word

As I continue to post various vignettes from my upcoming immigrant’s memoir, COWBOY FROM PRAGUE, here is an excerpt from a chapter about playing basketball at Oklahoma State University:      It was my first practice and my first opportunity to show Mr. Henry Iba, one of the nation’s most famous college coaches, that a…

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Book review: THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE

As one who lived through the war (as a hidden child in occupied Czechoslovakia) and a student of World War II, I thought I knew a great deal about the Battle of Britain–a time when Great Britain stood alone against the Nazis. Erik Larson’s terrific book proved me wrong. While many books have been written…

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Larry Doby

Continuing to post short vignettes from my upcoming “coming-to-America” memoir, Cowboy from Prague, here is a story about a man who became my hero:   As a boy in post-war Europe, I had been a good athlete. I excelled in soccer, hockey, skiing, and tennis. No doubt, I inherited my father’s genes. He was not only…

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Book review: THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ

I’ve read perhaps a hundred books about the Holocaust. And as an author of my own memoir, I also find it interesting to examine how others tell their stories. I must say that I’ve never read a “Holocaust book” as touching, as disturbing, and as good as THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ. Antonio Iturbe’s book, translated…

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