📖May Book

posted May 25, 2019, 9:37 PM by Tri-Valley Community Library
Hello Book Club! 
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 28th at 7:30pm in the Library, Molly will bring book suggestions and a snack.  We will discuss Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein.  Our June book will be Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel - In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father, Bruce Bechdel who was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the "Fun Home."

Review of Ballad of the Whiskey Robber from GoodReads.com:
Elmore Leonard meets Franz Kafka in the wild, improbably true story of the legendary outlaw of Budapest. Attila Ambrus was a gentleman thief, a sort of Cary Grant--if only Grant came from Transylvania and was a terrible professional hockey goalkeeper. During the 1990s, while playing for the biggest hockey team in Budapest, Ambrus took up bank robbery to make ends meet. Arrayed against him was perhaps the most incompetent team of crime investigators the Eastern Bloc had ever seen: a robbery chief who had learned how to be a detective by watching dubbed Columbo episodes; a forensics man who wore top hat and tails on the job; and a driver so inept he was known only by a Hungarian word that translates to Mound of Ass-Head.

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is the completely bizarre and hysterical story of the crime spree that made a nobody into a somebody, and told a forlorn nation that sometimes the brightest stars come from the blackest holes. Julian Rubinstein's bizarre crime story is so odd and so compelling that it is completely irresistible.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Back Bay Books (first published 2004)
Original Title
Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
ISBN
0316010731 (ISBN13: 9780316010733)
Edition Language
English

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