Bruce Eric Kaplan may not be a familiar name to you, but you may have seen his simple, ironic cartoons, signed BEK, in The New Yorker and elsewhere. Kaplan has written another book, a nostalgic look at his childhood. Kaplan is only 5 years older than me, but for some reason I Was a Child: A Memoir seems more like something from my parents' generation. It's amusing, on the droll side, and quite random. There are occasional glimpses of wise reflection, but don't worry, he quickly moves on to random unrelated tidbits.
The unfinished, first-draft quality of I Was a Child adds to its relatability. Don't expect great wisdom and heavy historical import from this memoir. What you can expect is to get to know Kaplan and his quirky family. He may even remind you of your own family in one way or another.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!