Journeyman Greene (Once Upon a Town, 2002, etc.) celebrates the
life and mourns the death of his oldest friend. Greene, now
approaching 60, first met Jack in kindergarten back in Bexley,
Ohio. Bob and Jack, together with Allen, Chuck and Dan, comprised
the "ABCDJ" troupe that remained kindred spirits, devoted
throughout the decades. Greene's tribute to Jack records some of
the treasured moments they shared over the years: Commonplace
youthful adventures, the little markers of days, attain a
significance as Bexley becomes Grovers Corners in Greene's memory,
a memory apparently sharpened by advancing years. He writes of
Bexley's Audie Murphy Hill and Alum Creek, of Toddle House burgers
and Chuck Berry and the Beatles, too. He writes of girls and the
discovery of sex; of the catchphrases special only to the ABCDJs;
and ultimately of humanity. Jack, for whom "not having a killer
instinct was the best thing about him," was Greene's Everyman, not
really extraordinary, just good. In this Tuesdays (And All Other
Days) with Jack, the author mostly sidesteps the maudlin. (Kirkus
"New York Times" bestselling author Bob Greene recounts his
friendship with four men he's known since kindergarten showing how
it progressed over the years through their experience of learning
that one of them is dying. This is a memoir of great beauty and
mystery. Growing up in small-town Bexley, Ohio, Bob Greene and his
four best friends, Allen, Chuck, Dan, and Jack- known as ABCD&J
were inseparable. Of the four, Jack was Bob's very best friend,
from the moment he'd befriended Bob on their first day of
kindergarten. They grew up together, got in trouble together, and
learned about life while they also went their separate ways, as we
all do. But through the five friends kept in close touch and marked
the milestones of each other' lives the good ones and the bad. Then
the call came: Jack was dying. And so the friends came together as
friends do to see Jack through to the end of the journey. "And You
Know You Should be Glad" is tremendously moving, funny, wistful,
and honest. More than anything, it is an uplifting book about the
power of friendship, and about the people who knew you when. It is
bestselling author Bob Greene's finest book so far.
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