Insomniac City

Insomniac City

New York, Oliver, and Me

Book - 2017
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A "celebration of what [writer and photographer] Bill Hayes calls 'the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected' of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late [neurologist] Oliver Sacks"
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781620404935
Characteristics: 291 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,22 cm.


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Nov 04, 2018

Loved this book. Really poignant story set amongst NYC settings.

Oct 24, 2018

I liked this book a lot, because I'm a huge fan of Oliver Sachs, and Bill Hayes gave Oliver the love he richly deserved near the end of his life -- and received the love of Oliver in return. That part of the book is touching and wonderful. The photographs and stories about NYC are great, too.

Sep 22, 2018

I feel like I've paid a visit to New York without ever leaving my couch, and met characters I couldn't have known any other way than through the watchful eyes -- and humble heart -- of Billy Hayes. Heartbreaking, uplifting, funny. A multi-faceted gem of a book that along the way gives insight into the workings of one of our brilliant minds, Oliver Sacks.

May 23, 2017

There is no other way to say this: I LOVED this book. I want to hold its author as one of my closest friends. I want to return soon to NYC. I want to be a better, more engaged person with the ones I love, always making certain that they know their worth and feel my love. I want to be a better observer, have more random encounters, and here you go: This book makes me want to be a better person.

One of the best - if not THE best - books I've read in a very long while.

(Don't listen on audio. The book has many photographic images which set the tone and would be hugely missed in any format but print).

Apr 10, 2017

Simply beautiful! How lucky for Mr. Hayes and Dr. Sacks that their paths crossed. And, how lucky for us that Hayes is such a fine writer and photographer. He makes me want to pack up and move to New York. Highly recommended.

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