From a revered writer of the Beat Generation: a “tour de force” that contemplates aging—and how to make the most of it (Booklist).
In this energetic, optimistic memoir, Herb Gold looks back on his life, not with regret or wistful recollections—but as a constant, ongoing journey. In a fascinating account of his life, he shares poignant and funny memories of the countless conversations, anecdotes, and atmospheres he has experienced and witnessed, all recollected in his vivid, striking prose.
This is a book about how time overtakes us; how reminiscence, loss, hope, pain, success, failure—the lifelong accumulation of dreams and reality—continue to crowd around us with every passing day.
In this age of overheated memoirs that exist merely to shock readers with supposedly stunning revelations, Not Dead Yet stands out with its rare, unique remembrances of a life truly lived by a man who saw every day as a rare opportunity he just couldn’t pass up.
“Veteran writer Gold now confronts aging with warmth, humor, and a trace of angst. . . . Breezily charming, Gold captivates.” —Booklist
“Altogether exhilarating.” —Los Angeles Times
Herbert Gold was born and raised in Cleveland, and rose to national fame with his roman à clef, Fathers. A longtime chronicler of the Beat movement, Gold is an established writer who has authored many successful works of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestsellers Fathers (1966), A Girl of Forty (1989), Bohemia (1994), and Best Nightmare on Earth (1992). He lives in San Francisco