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In Now and Then Joseph Heller begins with his fatherless childhood on the boardwalks of Depression-era Coney Island, where he coexisted with the rumble of the Cyclone and the tantalizing aroma of Mrs. Shatzkin's knishes. He later offers a dizzying bombardier's-eye view of the sky over wartime Italy, where he encountered the characters and incidents later translated into Catch-22. This memoir depicts a writer coming to terms with both rejection and celebrity. It is a life recollected with a fine appreciation for the absurd.
Praise for Now and Then
"Lovely, the best writing Heller has done since the book that made him famous.... A joy."
--Washington Post Book World
"Mouthwatering, elegantly written, lovingly detailed."
--The New York Times Book Review
"A lovely, moving, affirming, celebratory work of courage, clarity, insight and joy."
-The Sun [Baltimore]