Reflections in a Mirror: Of Love, Loss, Death and Divorce

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A beautifully written, evocative memoir of the improbable lives of two brothers: Author Raoul Felder, well-known lawyer specializing in high-profile divorce cases and his brother Jerome, famous as a songwriter under the pseudony Doc Pomus. The tale encapsulates the essence of an urban America of a certain time and place in history. It is a story of essential themes in life: love and death, man's inhumanity to man, crime and divorce, a landscape that is as broad as America and Europe and as deep as the human soul....
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Overview

A beautifully written, evocative memoir of the improbable lives of two brothers: Author Raoul Felder, well-known lawyer specializing in high-profile divorce cases and his brother Jerome, famous as a songwriter under the pseudony Doc Pomus. The tale encapsulates the essence of an urban America of a certain time and place in history. It is a story of essential themes in life: love and death, man's inhumanity to man, crime and divorce, a landscape that is as broad as America and Europe and as deep as the human soul. One can feel the heat of teeming city streets, the power of love, the legal wrestling of federal criminal cases, and the hate of divorces. The memoir is, at core center, tender and brilliant, funny and heartbreaking.
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Editorial Reviews

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A MEMOIR comes from a prominent lawyer, but isn't a book about law. It's a lovely memoir of the lives of two brothers—one a famous lawyer, the other a famous songwriter—and provides a personal count of growing up in Brooklyn as the younger brother of Doc Pomus, who become a popular songwriter despite his struggles with polio. It's an account of family ties, the evolution of a lawyer, and childhood and coming of age in pre-war America and post-war Europe.
The New York Times - Sam Roberts
In his witty memoir, Reflections in a Mirror: Of Love, Loss, Death and Divorce. . . Mr. Felder channels Neil Simon, recalling a childhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (and visiting his grandparents in Brighton Beach). Then he segues into a career representing clients ranging from the former Miss America Bess Myerson’s lover (though not against her) to Rudolph W. Giuliani (about whom he reveals very little). . .Mr. Felder’s mirror is convex; he appears approachable but even larger than life. And while many of his insights and anecdotes of celebrity misbehavior might sound familiar to regular readers of Page Six in The New York Post, he strings them together into a chatty and irreverent narrative.
The New York Times

Witty, Chatty, Irreverent.
Wall Street Journal
Entertaining. Engaging. Mr. Felder knows how to tell a story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569804704
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/19/2012
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Raoul Felder is, without doubt, one of the most widely known divorce lawyers in the United States. His career in law began as a Federal prosecutor until he went into private practice where he would be named one of "America's Most Powerful Lawyers" by the National Law Journal. Mr. Felder has written columns and OpEd pieces for many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Newsday, Playboy and Vanity Fair. A frequent guest on television and radio in both the US and Britain, Mr. Felder resides in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Passing Open Windows 9

Chapter 2 All of Us 24

Chapter 3 Polio 35

Chapter 4 Doctor Sternmeyer 47

Chapter 5 The Doctor, a Nurse, and a Limousine 52

Chapter 6 Alois 58

Chapter 7 Peekskill General 64

Chapter 8 The Iron Lung 71

Chapter 9 Rehabilitation 84

Chapter 10 Nine Years Later 97

Chapter 11 The Cemetery 113

Chapter 12 The Blind Doctor 116

Chapter 13 On the Way 120

Chapter 14 Paris in the Fall 130

Chapter 15 The City of Bern 137

Chapter 16 Things Fall Apart 146

Chapter 17 The Anatomy Class 150

Chapter 18 Decisions 158

Chapter 19 Law By Default 161

Chapter 20 A Federal Job 166

Chapter 21 The Flying Pitcher 170

Chapter 22 The Stone Killer 173

Chapter 23 Funny Money 177

Chapter 24 Jail Via Perfume 181

Chapter 25 Me and the Mafia 183

Chapter 26 Enayati at Last 185

Chapter 27 From There to Here 190

Chapter 28 President Carter 202

Chapter 29 985 Fifth Avenue and the Governor 216

Chapter 30 The Dance Begins 222

Chapter 31 Capasso and the Bess Mess 225

Chapter 32 The Battling Capassos, the Friendly Judge, her Daughter and Miss America 233

Chapter 33 Death By Litigation: Capasso V. Capasso 243

Chapter 34 Adventures in the Art Game 260

Chapter 35 The Jewish Judge 302

Chapter 36 The Man Who Ruled Broadway 328

Chapter 37 Riddick Bowe, World's Heavyweight Champion, the Gentle Giant 357

Chapter 38 Where are the Eagles and the Trumpets 379

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