The year is 1948 and Leo Durocher, feisty manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, has committed the ultimate act of betrayal by defecting to the rival New York Giants. This traitorous act is very much on Jonathan Manheim’s mind as he recounts the events of a tumultuous year in his life, a year involving love, ambition, and acts of betrayal. And it is through the experiences that he has in this year, the year of Durocher, that he learns the true meaning of loyalty and friendship.
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A raucous and stirring read, The Year of the Durocher by Dr. Theodore Jacobs is a skillfully crafted coming-of-age novel that would make Salinger proud. Readers follow the missteps of Jonathan Manheim as he navigates his transition from childhood to adolescence in a fateful year of triumph and betrayal. Readers will be at the edge of their seats as they follow Jonathan's exploits. A ten-point Durocher scale is the barometer by which Jonathan and his best friend, Mel Schliefer judge the world. “Acts of infamy,” which range from simple antics to those women who have wronged them. Turning either Jonathan or Mel down for a date earns the offender from six to eight points, with one young woman earning the highest degree of infamy, a ten-point offense. This passage sets the tone for the rest of this extremely humorous and fast-paced read. A spirited journey through a year full of changes, Jacobs writes with a powerful and amusing voice that will draw readers in. His depiction of life in New York City during baseball's heyday are vivid and entertaining, adding to an already excellent story. The restlessness of New York City is perfectly portrayed, from the rumble of traffic to the difficulty in getting a cab on Park Avenue. Jacobs's portrayal of adolescent life is also especially genuine. His characters are compelling and authentic, enabling the reader to share in the laughter and tears of a year well lived. Jonathan goes through a tumultuous year in which he launches a mercurial courtship, becomes entangled in rivalrous relationships and acts of betrayal, and learns life-changing lessons about the meaning of loyalty and friendship. An enchanting and memorable romp through a year full of changes, The Year of Durocher readers will, inevitably, be left eager for the next release from Dr. Jacobs.
The Year of Durocher by Dr. Theodore Jacobs is a moving, yet humorous coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of 1948 New York City. Readers follow Jonathan Manheim, a boy on the cusp of adulthood during a fateful year of love, ambition, and betrayal. The Year of Durocher is a dazzling read that will leave readers spellbound. Readers meet Jonathan and his best friend, Mel Schliefer, as he outlines how they measure events, or, as the boys think of them, “acts of infamy,” on a ten-point Durocher scale, named for the famed defection of Leo Durocher, the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, to the New York Giants. The scale is a hilarious way to judge youthful exploits, especially those involving girls. Turning either of them down for a date was a serious offense, earning a young woman anywhere from a six to an eight on the Durocher Scale. Jacobs is a master of humor in this passage, and the hilarious Durocher scale will have readers laughing from the first time they meet Jonathan. Jacobs paints a vivid portrait of mid-twentieth century New York City, making readers feel like part of the action. The hustle and bustle of the city is coursing through the book, from the descriptions of the apartment buildings of Park Avenue, to the working-class West side. Readers are drawn in to a New York at height of baseball's popularity, still reeling after one of its star managers has defected. In addition to his facility in presenting an accurate and brilliant account of New York City, Jacobs is also adept at writing believable adolescent characters. Jonathan and Mel never fall into the trap of being too youthful or too wise, and are instead the perfect mix of energy and adolescent attitude. An exhilarating and humorous journey through a year in the life of Jonathan Manheim, The Year of Durocher is a triumph that rightfully earns a spot on every reader's bookshelf.
Set against the backdrop of 1948 New York City, The Year of Durocher by Dr. Theodore Jacobs is a moving and humorous coming-of-age novel. Readers follow the adventures and misadventures of Jonathan Manheim during a fateful year of love, ambition, and betrayal. The Year of Durocher is a fun and exhilarating read that will have readers eager for more. Jonathan and his best friend, Mel Schliefer have devised a ten-point Durocher scale, named for the famed defection of Leo Durocher from the Brooklyn Dodgers to the New York Giants. The Durocher scale measures what the boys think of as “acts of infamy,” paying special attention to those events involving girls who turn them down for dates. As Jonathan and Mel outline in hilarious detail, these girls deserve anywhere from a six to an eight for spurning their advances, with only one girl, Cara, earning the infamy and shame of a ten. This passage sets the tone for the novel, and readers will be delighted with Jonathan and Mel's banter as they discuss their youthful exploits. One of the most engaging points of the book is the setting. Jacobs paints a vivid and accurate portrayal of life in 1940's New York City caught in the grip of baseball fever. The hustle and bustle of the city is evident from Jacobs's descriptions of weaving through traffic to get to a friend's apartment on Park Avenue. The brilliant depictions of life in New York City draw the reader in and make them feel like part of the action. Jacobs also writes adolescents with a powerful and true voice, never infantilising or making them wise beyond their years. Jonathan and Mel are always believable and, most importantly, hilarious in their decision-making and their antics. A humorous and invigorating read, The Year of the Durocher is a classic coming-of-age story that is certain to become a treasured part of every reader's library.