DISAPPEARING ACT

Tom Soter’s follow-up to OVERHEARD ON A BUS (which former ENTERTAINMENT Wbook covers - Version 2EEKLY critic Tom Sinclair called “humorous and heart-wrenching”) is, in critic Ian Prior’s words, “proof that the New York-based writer isn’t a one-shot deal when it comes to penning his memoirs. As in BUS, many of the essays in DISAPPEARING ACT focus on the extended Soter clan and are a mix of funny, touching, and revealing [tales]. But this time around the writing is far more muscular, the gems far more populous… The stand-out essay is surely “I’m Still Standing,” wherein Soter reveals his own struggle with disease and the nightmare of a doctor who first diagnosed him. If BUS whetted the appetite, ACT is the full course meal that follows. Highly recommended.”

Gary Harp, a “Top 100” reviewer on  Amazon, observed: “For those familiar with Tom’s uncanny sense of humor and ability to find the comedic aspects of even the most surprising situations, DISAPPEARING ACT will be a comfortable return of a conversation with a beloved friend. His topics of choice seem haphazard until you read the collection again and begin to understand his outlandish outlook on ordinary family matters and other subjects. He is well known to New Yorkers who follow his Improv jams, but the reading audience can now join that flock and relish that humor of a very fine writer and comedian.”

And the prestigious KIRKUS REVIEWS said: “The volume contains entertaining essays about New Yorkers, perfect for passing the time on an uptown subway ride…[Soter] has spent a lifetime observing the city’s inhabitants and their lives. In this collection, he continues to provide readers with short essays based on these experiences. Soter’s background is in newspaper and magazine writing (for publications such as the New York Observer and Entertainment Weekly) and teaching improv comedy classes, and his witty, breezy essay style reflects this. Some of his pieces fit into the feuilleton tradition of clever cultural pieces; others would not be out of place in the New York Times’ “Lives” or “Metropolitan Diary” sections. Reading Soter’s essays is like spending an afternoon with an uncle at a Manhattan diner, drinking coffee and savoring stories the listener has probably heard before but still finds enjoyable.”

 

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