Nate S., member of AA, twelve years sobriety.
around New York with Bernie Hirsch in those cardboard-makeshift shoes, was
like I was reading about myself fifteen years ago.
LOOKING FOR BERNIE will make you laugh and cry at the same time.
Richard Karlen is one helluva writer.
Michael Gale, DMD, Newark, New Jersey
Hirsch is comic and sardonic, angry and finally pathetic as a substance
abuser, and ultimately as a human being.
One couldn’t help but feel particular empathy for Bernie’s
family, his wife and two adult children, as they were forced to come to
grips with Bernie’s alcoholism and bizarre behavior. Finally as a
practicing dentist in the Ironbound section of Newark for 20 years, I
thought the author of LOOKING FOR BERNIE captured the essence of
practicing dentistry in the inner city during the fifties quite
remarkably. Altogether I
congratulate Richard Karlen on writing a book that one can read and enjoy
on a number of levels intellectually.
Daniel K., member of AA, thirteen years sobriety.
can’t get a better ride into the alcoholic mind than in Richard
Karlen’s LOOKING FOR BERNIE. What
I liked best is the way the author doesn’t try to stack the cards, as if
he was writing some sort of case study about an alcoholic. He just tells
you this story and lets you make up your own mind about what kind of
person Bernie Hirsch really is. Terrific
book. I genuinely recommend