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Rave Reviews For 'Charlie Brennan Show' guest Curtis Sittenfeld's Book

Charlie Brennan
May 03, 2018 - 11:09 am

St. Louisan and former “Charlie Brennan Show” guest Curtis Sittenfeld is getting terrific reviews from all over the globe for her book of short stories, You Think It, I’ll Say It.  For example:

The Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald calls her efforts, “insightful, witty, and revealing.”

The Toronto Globe and Mail said, “Sittenfeld…has a superpower, and it’s one that she spells out in this short-story collection’s title. You Think It, I’ll Say It is a mission statement of sorts for a writer who excels at doing just that. She puts into prose (nothing fancy, even workmanlike at times) what we’re all thinking but would never dare to articulate, even to ourselves, and a lot of the time it’s not nice. That she does it all in a tone that is amiable, warm and often very funny seems like the greatest magic trick of all.”

The London Evening Standard: “There is no other writer alive who inhabits her characters so knowingly, or is able to send up contemporary attitudes and mores as expertly. Her stories are about who we are now, and here, as anywhere else, every sentence is clever, funny, revealing and a joy to read.”

And USA TODAY insists Sittenfeld  “is a sharp observer of human nature and human relationships — especially the male/female variety — and she’s a hoot, an appealing combination in my book.”

I don’t think her mother could have written better reviews.  Note they come from four countries on three continents.  Very impressive!


Former Cardinals pitcher Bob Tewksbury discusses and signs, Ninety Percent Mental, at Left Bank Books (Euclid and McPherson) tomorrow night (May 3) at 7 p.m.  Tewksbury, mental skills coach for the San Francisco Giants, includes a lot of St. Louis (Joe Torre, Brett Hull, Mark McGwire) in this book.  Among his tips: breathing, sleep, visualization and positive self-talk.


One thing we know from the transcripts of the Special Legislative Committee hearings into the governor’s affairs: both 2016 Missouri gubernatorial candidates, Eric Greitens and Chris Koster, had the same hairdresser, the unnamed Witness #1.  We already knew the race pitted a Democrat who had been a Republican against the Republican who had been a Democrat. 


Andy Puzder, former CEO of CKE Restaurants (Carls’ Jr. and Hardee’s) told me on “The Charlie Brennan Show” he moved the CKE headquarters from St. Louis to Franklin, Tennessee because Lambert Airport had too few connections.  He also said doing business in the City of St. Louis was too difficult.  He has written a new book, The Capitalist Comeback.


Best wishes to Maestro David Robertson of the St. Louis Symphony who finishes his career as the orchestra’s Music Director this weekend.  He joined me last week and noted he struggled with school in his youth, always overshadowed by his older sister.  Considering he later became one of this country’s foremost conductors, I am sure that’s comforting to many parents.