Superlatives abound for How Do You Like Them Apples?
How Do You Like Them Apples? raced out of the gate with a 4.9 out of 5.0 rating on Amazon.com. Here are two:
Mr. Snyder has written another fun/wry/illuminating book of anecdotes taken from his life, this time concentrating on his time as a teacher. If you have read his other two books, “The Eight-Fingered Criminal’s Son” and “The Spirit Guide Bar,” you know what to expect from Mr. Snyder, and this newest book won’t let you down one bit. If this is your first encounter with his work, you’re in for a treat. With the wit and humor reminiscent of the old Borscht Belt comedians, coupled with the sagacity of a Mark Twain, and spiced with the humanity of a Charles Bukowski, Mr. Snyder allows you to feel his experiences both through his eyes and those of the children he’s taught.
– Lyle Tucker
Great collection of stories from a talented author – some uplifting, some discouraging, but all woven together in such a way that the reader gets a good “feel” for the trials and tribulations, the challenges, the successes, the failures…that all go along with this profession. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who a) is a teacher, b) knows a teacher, c) was a teacher, or d) just wants to enjoy a collection of stories which, in a way, might make you feel better about YOUR life. “CJ” ALERT: This book contains several “corny jokes” that may lead to an unintentional chuckle out loud moment – reader beware!
– Dan Krivinskas
The Spirit Guide Bar Audio Collection – First Review
I was already a fan of Mr. Snyder’s writing, but this collection takes it to a whole other level. Hearing Mr. Snyder tell his own stories lends an air of whimsy and depth to the already lively prose. His narration is supported by great voice actors and engaging music to bring the whole affair together. My initial listen was in my car, and I was getting some pretty interesting looks from my fellow travelers as I laughed out loud at various sections. Do yourself a favor – sit back, close your eyes, and let Mr. Snyder take you away to The Spirit Guide Bar! You’ll love the trip!
– Mike Binder
The Spirit Guide Bar Receives Acclaim
The Spirit Guide Bar has a 4.7 out of 5.0 star rating on Amazon.com. Here are two of its many positive reviews:
If you enjoyed Bill’s prior work, “The Eight-Fingered Criminal’s Son,”, you’re going to love “The Spirit Guide Bar.” It is a truly wonderful read, full of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I found that the further I got into the story, I simply couldn’t put it down. It kept me mesmerized as I wondered how the different sub-plots would work themselves out. Yet Bill did a masterful job of weaving multiple story lines together and bringing them all home in a triumphant, and cathartic ending. Along the way I was introduced to an eclectic cast of characters, some fictional and some real, some of whom I recalled from Bill’s past in the “Criminal’s Son”, yet all of whom help Bill on his personal quest to make sense of the trials and tribulations in his life. This is the story of a man looking for the answers that will make sense of his life’s journey, something we can all relate to. I found that many of his questions about life were mine as well, so I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see how the characters in the Spirit Guide Bar would help him find the answers. This is a stirring adventure, very well written, and a triumph of the imagination. Excellent job, my friend!
Something of a stylistic mash-up between Carlos Castaneda and Bill Bryson, this by-turns humorous and deadly serious semi-fictitious examination a young man’s road to filial maturity is a satisfying ride. The main conceit – that the author hashes out his past at a spiritually-hallucinated alcohol bar populated by his own personal heroes from Albert Einstein to Ernest Hemingway to a high school coach – works well in Snyder’s hands. He lovingly and yet unflinchingly scrutinizes how his past informs his present, confronting both the demons and angels external and internal that made up his life. I was especially touched by a particular scene where he reconciles his father’s damaging legacy with his own sense of a father’s responsibility toward their progeny. This book is a solid stylistic improvement over Snyder’s first foray into publishing, which I also enjoyed. I’m looking forward to further works. Wicked Cool!
The Eight-Fingered Criminal’s Son Garners Great Reviews
Since its release in late 2011, The Eight-Fingered Criminal’s Son has received many positive reviews and a 4.8 out 5.0 star rating on Amazon.com. Here are several examples:
This heartwarming, honest collection of stories is well written and captivating. That Billy was a bit of a stinker at times, but obviously a good-hearted kid who had some interesting adventures growing up. You need to read this collection if you enjoy letting your teeth dry out from not being able to wipe the smile off your face. The writing is reminiscent of The Wonder Years or Stand By Me. I enjoyed this one so much that, even though I have a bunch of titles on my Kindle that I have not gotten to yet, I am going to read this again first. Order it. You won’t be sorry!
I laughed till I cried! The stories in this book brought back many memories of places and people from my younger days, growing up in Southern CA. You do not have to know these people to enjoy the many stories this book has to offer. This is a creation of great whit and humor that anyone will enjoy! If you love a good laugh, this is a must read! Especially if you did grow up in Southern California!
In 1959 a comedy writer by the name of Jack Douglas wrote a book entitled ‘My Brother Was An Only Child’. My sense of humor gravitated to that book. The Eight Fingered Criminal’s Son is more gravitational. You cannot help but smile and be sad at the true life glimpses of a man’s early life. It conjures up memories in our own lives.
Excellent!! Bill has written a real life tableau using a full color pallet. He captured the essence of life in the South Bay from the gritty reality of living in a working class neighborhood to the heart felt experience of family life. I remember a tagged bus stop on Sepulveda Blvd. that some surfers must have written that read, “There is no life east of Sepulveda.” For those who don’t know, Sepulveda Blvd. was the staked out divide between the beach communities and the rest of the world. Thank you Bill for chronicling in such fine detail that life did exist east of Sepulveda. Smiles!
Just re-read this book after reading it for the first time some months ago. I enjoyed it just as much the second time. Loved the memories of Hawthorne in the 70’s, and loved the funny stories of a young man growing up. Well done!