The comedy routine got lost in the shuffle and William Snyder’s one year gig stretched into a 29-year career that included stints teaching at inner-city schools, Catholic schools, charter schools, accommodation schools, and boys reformatories, in addition to working as a satellite TV teacher and teaching at an upper-middle-class “normal” school that turned out to be anything but normal.
William Snyder’s stories are gritty, poignant, funny, and often bizarre, honestly recounting the triumphs and disasters associated with teaching poor kids, rich kids, incarcerated kids, immigrant kids, pregnant kids, autistic kids, and just about any other kinda kid you might imagine.
-Tom Hoffarth, LA Daily News
“Masterfully written. Hilarious. An eye opening look at education in America.”
-Richard Rios, author of Songs from the Barrio
“How Do You Like Them Apples? is a thoughtful examination of the human condition that drove me into outright fits of laughter.”
-Eric Tozzi, award winning director of Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope
The Spirit Guide Bar Audio Book
The Spirit Guide Bar
It’s the day after Christmas. Bill Snyder, a disillusioned high school teacher who’s pretty sure he’s been receiving signs from a higher power, feels compelled to wander up a mountain trail and into a mysterious valley where he undergoes a bona fide transcendental experience. Snyder’s grizzled spirit guide leads him on a strange and powerful journey of self-discovery with the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, Ernest Hemingway and a mystical procession of curious characters at The Spirit Guide Bar.
The Scarecrow sets his glass down, turns to me and wipes the foam from his burlap face.“Mr. Snyder, I want you to listen very carefully to what I am about to tell you.”“Okay, shoot.”“This vision, this illusion that you’re having right now, is more real than anything that has ever happenedto you or will happen to you because it is happening to you, right now.”
William Snyder’s second book and debut novel, The Spirit Guide Bar, is available at a variety of retailers including The Book Frog, Papa Joe’s Barbershop, Chandler Auto and Tire, Zia Records, BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com (also as a kindle version). That’s right, Snyder’s books are being sold at a barbershop, a tire shop and a chain of record stores. Ain’t life beautiful!
The Eight-Fingered Criminal’s Son
Snyder loosely recounts his wild dealings with knuckleheads, nuns and neighborhood tough guys, a beating at the hands of a hairdryer wielding teenage beauty in a purple bikini, losing his prom date to a rich kid with a silver Corvette and a few semi-profound encounters with L.A. celebrities, including Randy Newman, James “Gunsmoke” Arness, Charles Bukowski, Paula Abdul and Wilt Chamberlain.
WARNING: Before opening this book, please first move away from your computer. Unless, of course, you don’t mind spewing your coffee, beer, orange juice or other beverage all over your keyboard due to uncontrollable laughter.