Santa Barbara Independent Reviews Kaufman’s Hill

Santa Barbara Independent Reviews Kaufman’s Hill

Excerpt: “The book is receiving quick praise — O’Brien’s again as well as the late Howard Zinn’s — and the publisher, Bancroft Press, is taking Hampsey on a four-month signing tour, somewhat unheard of for a memoir these days. Best of all, Hampsey is getting letters from readers who say, “You’ve painted this world the way I remember it.” Not bad for a boy from the Pittsburgh ’burbs.” For the full review, click here: independent.com...

John Hampsey reads from his memoir KAUFMAN’S HILL on February 21st

Event date:  Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 5:00pm Event address:  1818 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027 A profound and intensely moving boyhood memoir, Kaufman’s Hill opens with a prosaic neighborhood scene: The author and some other young boys are playing by the creek, one of their usual stomping grounds. But it soon becomes clear that much more is going on; the boy-narrator is struggling to find his way in a middle-class Catholic neighborhood dominated by the Creely bullies, who often terrify him. It’s the Pittsburgh of the early and mid-1960s, a threshold time just before the counter-culture arrives, and a time when suburban society begins to encroach on Kaufman’s Hill, the boy’s sanctuary and the setting of many of his adventures. As the hill and the 1950s vanish into the twilight, so does the world of the narrator’s...