Where Do You Stop?

Where Do You Stop?

by Eric Kraft
     
 

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“The title of this sly and extremely funny book is also the title of a paper that [Peter Leroy] is assigned by his science teacher, the luscious, leggy Miss Rheingold. We — and Peter — learn quite a bit about Miss Rheingold, although nowhere near as much as Peter would like. We also learn about epistemology; the boundaries of the self; the building…  See more details below

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“The title of this sly and extremely funny book is also the title of a paper that [Peter Leroy] is assigned by his science teacher, the luscious, leggy Miss Rheingold. We — and Peter — learn quite a bit about Miss Rheingold, although nowhere near as much as Peter would like. We also learn about epistemology; the boundaries of the self; the building of backyard lighthouses; terrazzo floors; Chinese Checkers; American education; the restricted vision of children (and their parents); and the design of such exquisitely intricate gadgets as the phonograph, the scanning tunneling microscope, the universe, and the novel. . . . Like childhood itself, Where Do You Stop? is filled with wonders. It is a book designed to leave its readers — and it deserves many of them — as happy as clams.” — Walter Satterthwaite. The New York Times Book Review • A New York Times Notable Book of the Year • Recommended by the Reader's Catalog • Length: novel, about 66,000 words

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Editorial Reviews

USA Today - Bruce Allen
Hilarious.
The New York Times Book Review - Walter Satterthwaite
Literary echoes reverberate . . . but they reverberate lightly, whimsically. Mr. Kraft is his own man, with his own somewhat loopy agenda. He writes an elegant, supple, uncommonly precise prose that glides, silk-smooth, from pathos to parody, from slapstick to sentiment, from the mysteries of moonlight on Bolotomy Bay to the mysteries of particle physics. . . . Like childhood itself, Where Do You Stop? is filled with wonders.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Timothy Hunter
Goofy and thoroughly enjoyable.
The Seattle Times & Post-Intelligencer - Michael Upchurch
Nothing less than an attempt to comprehend the nature of the universe itself.
Chagrin Falls Currents - Alicia Miller
Kraft gets better all the time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781105088629
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
09/26/2011
Sold by:
LULU PRESS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,175,915
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Eric Kraft grew up in Babylon, New York, on the South Shore of Long Island, where he was for a time co-owner and co-captain of a clam boat, which sank. He met or invented the character Peter Leroy while dozing over a German lesson during his first year at Harvard. The following year, he married his muse, Madeline Canning; they have two sons. After earning a Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kraft taught school in the Boston area for a while, moonlighting as a rock music critic for the Boston Phoenix. Since then, he has undertaken a variety of hackwork to support the Kraft ménage and the writing of the voluminous work of fiction that he calls The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences & Observations of Peter Leroy. He has been the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; was, briefly, chairman of PEN New England; and has been awarded the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.

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