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Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me (Hardcover)

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Lucky for us Bill Hayes is an insomniac. This book is a gift to readers. It is a paean to New York City and to love in all its guises and intimacies. The journal entries, photographs and short creative pieces left me teary and laughing and reminded me that great writing comes in my forms. I want to meet Bill Hayes on the streets of NYC, ride with him on the subway, have a drink with him at a party that neither of us were invited to, go onto the roof of his building, eat fresh grilled salmon and drink from a bottle of wine with a straw, and talk about Oliver Sacks--the sweet time he spent with this brilliant scientist, musician, writer, and human being.

Gayle

This memoir is, at its heart, a romance. Billy Hayes moves to New York City and soon falls in love with its people, its neighborhoods, and its heartbeat. Lucky you....you get to join him as that romance unfolds. Along the way, Hayes unexpectedly finds love of another sort when he makes the acquaintance of the brilliant scientist and humanitarian, Oliver Sacks. This book traces his developing relationship with both. It is a lovely tale of discovery and an examination of the joy that can be found in life if you are just willing to open your heart and take a risk. Need a reminder that it is never to late to find love and inspiration?....(Or maybe you just need a kick in the butt to get on that plane and head to NYC again?) This is your book.

Walt

Lucky for us Bill Hayes is an insomniac. This book is a gift to readers. It is a paean to New York City and to love in all its guises and intimacies. The journal entries, photographs and short creative pieces left me teary and laughing and reminded me that great writing comes in my forms. I want to meet Bill Hayes on the streets of NYC, ride with him on the subway, have a drink with him at a party that neither of us were invited to, go onto the roof of his building, eat fresh grilled salmon and drink from a bottle of wine with a straw, and talk about Oliver Sacks--the sweet time he spent with this brilliant scientist, musician, writer, and human being.

— From Gayle's Picks (page 1)

This memoir is, at its heart, a romance. Billy Hayes moves to New York City and soon falls in love with its people, its neighborhoods, and its heartbeat. Lucky you....you get to join him as that romance unfolds. Along the way, Hayes unexpectedly finds love of another sort when he makes the acquaintance of the brilliant scientist and humanitarian, Oliver Sacks. This book traces his developing relationship with both. It is a lovely tale of discovery and an examination of the joy that can be found in life if you are just willing to open your heart and take a risk. Need a reminder that it is never to late to find love and inspiration?....(Or maybe you just need a kick in the butt to get on that plane and head to NYC again?) This is your book.

— From Walt's Picks (page 1)

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A moving celebration of what 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 Oliver Sacks.

"A beautifully written once-in-a-lifetime book, about love, about life, soul, and the wonderful loving genius Oliver Sacks, and New York, and laughter and all of creation."--Anne Lamott

Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at forty-eight years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera.

And he unexpectedly fell in love again, with his friend and neighbor, the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, whose exuberance--"I don't so much fear death as I do wasting life," he tells Hayes early on--is captured in funny and touching vignettes throughout. What emerges is a portrait of Sacks at his most personal and endearing, from falling in love for the first time at age seventy-five to facing illness and death (Sacks died of cancer in August 2015). Insomniac City is both a meditation on grief and a celebration of life. Filled with Hayes's distinctive street photos of everyday New Yorkers, the book is a love song to the city and to all who have felt the particular magic and solace it offers.

About the Author


Bill Hayes is the author of The Anatomist, Five Quarts, and Sleep Demons. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction and was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, and his writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books and Salon, among other publications. His photographs have been featured in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and the New Yorker. He lives in New York. Visit his website at billhayes.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9781620404935
ISBN-10: 1620404931
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English
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