Select books by Dan Wakefield

"A precise and moving recreation of a time and a place when the world seemed small and we knew everyone in it."

- Joan Didion

"Dan Wakefield writes about mid-America during WWII with the narrative skill of a Booth Tarkington laced with the more stoic sense of the human condition of an Ernest Hemingway."

- Joseph P. Lash, Winner of The Pulitzer Prize

"Wonderful, sad and funny; a scathing portrait of middle America through the eyes of a new fictional character who will inevitably be compared to Portnoy and Holden Caulfield"

- Gay Talese

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From the Blog of Dan Wakefield

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Published in Books and Writers

Men didn't conquer Eve Babitz, she conquered them — and wrote about it, in seven published books and assorted articles and stories. Not only did Eve repel unwanted advances, sometimes even an unwelcome opinion could evoke her wrath, which could just as well be a kick in the shins as a withering retort.

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Friday, November 16, 2018 Published in Books and Writers

"The poster the movie company made showed a woman in a bikini – like one of the World War II “pinup girls” the servicemen put on their walls. It seemed like a dumb idea to me since there is no woman in a bikini in the book or in the movie."

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Friday, October 26, 2018 Published in Books and Writers

James Alexander Thom has been given The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Lifetime Achievement Award. It is difficult to imagine a more deserving recipient. Many fine newspapermen say they will someday...

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Monday, November 5, 2018 Published in Coming Home

Jay Harvey wrote a wonderful piece about last week's Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam. It's the best summation of the last show and our coming hiatus while Sophie has her baby.

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Monday, October 15, 2018 Published in Coming Home

The next Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam is October 31 6-8pm Submit a story about your favorite mentor for a chance to win tickets!Kurt Vonnegut often...

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Friday, August 31, 2018 Published in Coming Home

"The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam" Tuesday night, September 25, 6-8 pm at The Jazz KitchenIf you’re alive, you’ve been “knocked down” – if not physically, in some of your efforts –...

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Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.

– Philo of Alexandria

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