Benjamin Taylor has won The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Christopher Isherwood prize for his memoir THE HUE AND CRY AT OUR HOUSE. The judges call it “a clear-eyed history, a cultural reflection, an elegy for youth and time itself.”
THE HUE AND CRY AT OUR HOUSE: A Year Remembered, by Benjamin Taylor. (Penguin, paper, $16.) A sixth-grader’s chance meeting with President Kennedy on the morning of his assassination opens this touching and eloquent self-portrait of an odd, bewildered boy born into the frightening middle of the 20th century.
“Taylor’s self-portrait of an odd, bewildered boy born into the frightening middle of the 20th century is touching, and a little shattering . . . His brush with history has the breath of life.” – Stephen Harrigan, New York Times Book Review