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Life Up Close: A Memoir

Stanley E. Ely

Pages: 156
ISBN: 978-145752-641-1
List Price: 14.95
Available: February 2014
Edition: Perfectbound

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Vivid descriptions of friends, family, travel, food, even barbers fi ll the landscape in this new memoir by Stanley Ely. Twenty-two engrossing essays present snapshots of a life well lived while answering the underlying question: How did a repressed, irritatingly well-behaved young Texan harness the drive to travel far away to college, survive the U.S. Army, embark on several careers in New York, and end up a senior gay man with a sweet cat and the publication of his sixth book? With an open and inquiring mind, Ely shares a good-natured but often deeply refl ective take on these matters and the crossing between two centuries. You’ll be glad to know him as he takes a long honest look back at high and low points in his life’s journey and loves (or absence thereof).

Stanley Ely is a teacher and the author of fi ve previously published books: In Jewish Texas, Perfect Mondays, In the Steps of Mister Proust, Living Alone Creatively, and Ten Ways to Your Cat’s Happiness.
A native Texan and graduate of Northwestern University and Hunter College, Ely lives today in New York City. He is celebrating his 80th birthday with the publication of this memoir.