Insomniac City

by bill hayes | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1620404958 Global Overview for this book
Registered by caroline-m of Sidcup, Greater London United Kingdom on 12/10/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by caroline-m from Sidcup, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, December 10, 2018

From the back cover:

Bill Hayes came to New York in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at forty-eight years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera.

And he unexpectedly fell in love again, with his friend and neighbor, the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, whose exuberance is captured in funny and touching vignettes throughout. What emerges is a portrait of Sacks at his most personal and endearing, from falling in love for the first time at age seventy-five to facing illness and death (Sacks died of cancer in August 2015). Insomniac City is both a meditation on grief and a celebration of life. Filled with Hayes's distinctive street photos of everyday New Yorkers, the book is a love song to the city and to all who have felt the particular magic and solace it offers.

Journal Entry 2 by caroline-m at Sidcup, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, December 10, 2018
This book caught my eye as I'd recent read 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat' and so thought it would be interesting to find out more about the life of a man who had written so eloquently about the lives of others.

I really loved this book - yes, it was fascinating to find out more about Sacks who is an endearing combination of genius and naivety. But also, it was a wonderfully touching meditation on grief, as well as a lovesong to New York City. I resonated with everything he said about his adopted hometown, as it mirrors so closely the way I feel about London even after nearly 40 years of living here. I know lots of people find city living dirty, crowded and exhausting but for me it's always felt exciting, vibrant and awe-inspiring to live in London so I really enjoyed reading the thoughts of someone who has that same connection with where they live.

I can't recommend this book enough and am so glad to have stumbled across it.

Journal Entry 3 by caroline-m at BOOK ROUNDABOUT, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Monday, December 10, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (12/11/2018 UTC) at BOOK ROUNDABOUT, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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THIS IS PART OF THE 'FAVOURITE BOOK OF 2018' ROUNDABOUT

I'd already picked out and bought a copy of another book to use for this roundabout but then read this one and loved it so much I had to make a switch!

The reading order for this book is:

1 Dark-Draco UK
2 Arvores Portugal
3 Fifna Netherlands
4 Icila France
5 Lamilla Belarus
6 Estelle1806 Ireland
7 Math-Girl Canada
8 mcsar Canada
9 Valpete USA
10 Aramena USA
11 Earthcaroleanne UK

Journal Entry 4 by dark-draco at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Friday, December 14, 2018
Received = thank you. Will put aside for now and get it read in January - looks interesting :)

Journal Entry 5 by dark-draco at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 10, 2019
And this is why I love the roundabout so much!

Never in a million years would I have picked this book up by choice, but being handed to me meant that I had to give it a go. I'm not a city person - prefer woods, fields and the absence of people! - and had no real idea who Hayes or Sacks are, so I didn't have the highest of hopes.

I was wrong.

The writing is beautiful. I preferred the essays to the Journal notes as there was more to get your head round. But everything was lovely to read. The love for the City and the love for Sacks shone through every word, and even though there is a sadness that runs through it, there's also joy, hope and a passion for his new life in New York.

The photos are also brilliant - some were mentioned in the text that didn't appear, so I have a list of them to try and track down. Mainly curious to see if the images sparked in my head are anywhere near the real thing.

Definitely glad I read this.

Journal Entry 6 by dark-draco at BOOK ROUNDABOUT, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Monday, January 28, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (1/28/2019 UTC) at BOOK ROUNDABOUT, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Off to Portugal to the next person in the roundabout.

Journal Entry 7 by wingArvoreswing at Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Monday, February 04, 2019
Received it today. I think I'm going to love this one. I'll let you know :-)
Thank you!

Journal Entry 8 by wingArvoreswing at Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Sunday, February 17, 2019
Inspiring. A beautiful love letter both to New York and Oliver Sacks. It made me believe in humankind (and human kindness) again. I've found myself looking forward to find free time to keep on reading it. But trying to make it last, too :-)
In several occasions, I had tears trying to find their way in my eyes, and then followed by a wonderful and relaxing laugh.
I didn't know anything about the author, and only had a slight idea about who Oliver Sacks was. But I definitely will search about their work.
Thank you so much for sharing. I truly enjoyed this one.

Journal Entry 9 by wingArvoreswing at Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Thursday, February 28, 2019
Sent to Fifna today.

Journal Entry 10 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, March 10, 2019
Arrived safely, thank you Arvores! Looks interesting.

Journal Entry 11 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, March 24, 2019
What a wonderful book! The love for both the city and Sacks is evident on every single page, and the descriptions of chance encounters, wonderful views, and even the sad moments of grief, are beautiful. Truly a roundabout book - I wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. Thank you for sharing!

Journal Entry 12 by wingFifnawing at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, March 25, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (3/25/2019 UTC) at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France

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Travelling to Icila!

Journal Entry 13 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, April 01, 2019
Seems the perfect book as I have a project to go to NY sometime very soon.

Journal Entry 14 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Thank you for choosing this book full of love. I'm looking forward to traveling the streets of Manhattan with a new point of vue.

Journal Entry 15 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, May 09, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (5/9/2019 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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On its way to Lamilla.

Journal Entry 16 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
With me now
I thoroughly enjoyed the poetic language of the book. It's nice to see that some people posses the quality to describe even the most mundane things in such light. I didn't get the relationship between the main characters though - perhaps the author wanted to keep some things private, that's why they came across as cold.

Journal Entry 17 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Sunday, June 02, 2019
Is going to Estelle1806 next

Journal Entry 18 by wingLamillawing at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus on Monday, June 17, 2019

Released 11 mos ago (6/17/2019 UTC) at Мінск / Minsk, Minsk Belarus

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You've found a travelling book. Hurray!
The book's journey continues by its finder's cooperation and creativity. By making a journal entry on this book, you can add to the book's story as it travels from reader to reader around the world.
Enjoy your reading!

Привет!
Спасибо, что нашли время зайти на сайт и сделать запись в журнале! Напишите, когда и где вы нашли книгу.
Перед тем, как попасть к Вам, она побывала в других уголках света. История ее путешествий записана на сайте, и теперь к ней добавился еще один пункт. Я очень рада, что она нашла нового читателя в Вашем лице.

Journal Entry 19 by wingestelle1806wing at Clonsilla, Co. Dublin Ireland on Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Thanks Lamilla

Journal Entry 20 by wingestelle1806wing at Clonsilla, Co. Dublin Ireland on Saturday, July 06, 2019
Thanks for sharing this book.
I enjoyed the style, but it left me a bit cold, as I could not relate to the characters' life story. I always think that if someone writes a memoir, they should be ready to share a lot with their readers, and I found this book sometimes very vague and superficial, and sometimes the very opposite! Mixed feelings about this one...

Journal Entry 21 by wingestelle1806wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Monday, July 08, 2019

Released 10 mos ago (7/8/2019 UTC) at Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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Travelling to mathgirl40, happy Summer!

Please let us know when you release it again...

Journal Entry 22 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
This book has arrived in Canada. Looking forward to it!

Journal Entry 23 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Thursday, August 08, 2019
This was a lovely book, in so many ways. I enjoyed the photographs and descriptions of New York City and I found the author's thoughts on dealing with grief and finding hope and joy in life to be very touching. I've not been back to New York City since my childhood days when I used to visit an aunt regularly, but now I really want to see the city again. I've also been meaning to read a book by Oliver Sacks, and now I feel even more motivated to do so.

Journal Entry 24 by wingmathgirl40wing at Waterloo, Ontario Canada on Friday, August 09, 2019

Released 9 mos ago (8/9/2019 UTC) at Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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This book is on its way to mcsar now.

Journal Entry 25 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Friday, August 16, 2019
Very excited to receive this book. Never heard of the book before but I'd love to read anything related to Oliver Sacks.

Journal Entry 26 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Monday, September 23, 2019
A tender and loving celebration of love and life, of the city of New York and the wonderful Oliver Sacks. I have always enjoyed the works of Oliver Sacks, but now I love the man even more. I enjoyed the book very much. I love reading the books from this roundabout and thank you caroline-m for introducing me to this very fine book.

Journal Entry 27 by wingmcsarwing at Favourite Roundabout, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, September 28, 2019

Released 8 mos ago (9/28/2019 UTC) at Favourite Roundabout, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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On its way to valpete.

Journal Entry 28 by valpete at Walnut Creek, California USA on Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Thanks for sending this along. I'm really looking forward to reading this one, since I was born and lived in a New York City suburb for the first 46 years of my life.

Journal Entry 29 by valpete at Walnut Creek, California USA on Saturday, October 26, 2019
Very good insights into life in the Big Apple and intimate glimpses into the life he had with his partner Oliver Sacks - what an amazing man he was!

Journal Entry 30 by valpete at Walnut Creek, California USA on Saturday, October 26, 2019

Released 7 mos ago (10/26/2019 UTC) at Walnut Creek, California USA

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Sending it off to the next reader in the 2018 Favorite Roundabout.

Journal Entry 31 by wingAramenawing at Moore, Oklahoma USA on Thursday, October 31, 2019
Arrived today, and I look forward to this one! Reading a review book now and have another waiting, and then should start this one.

Journal Entry 32 by wingAramenawing at Moore, Oklahoma USA on Friday, December 06, 2019
Just realized I forgot to journal when I finished reading! I'd never heard of Bill Hayes, and while I'd heard of Oliver Sacks I didn't really know anything about him. But I enjoyed getting to know both of them, along with New York, in this sweet memoir.

It was mailed to the next participant this morning, and I apologize for taking so long to get it sent out - I've been a little short on funds the last few weeks.

Journal Entry 33 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, December 23, 2019
Arrived today. Don't think I'll be starting it until the new year though.

Journal Entry 34 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 15, 2020
I'm afraid I felt a little like estelle1806 about this book. It was just lacking something for me. There were some points of interest for me but not enough.

Journal Entry 35 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, January 23, 2020

Released 4 mos ago (1/26/2020 UTC) at Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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caroline-m doesn't want this returned so I'm taking it to the Old Gang meetup where I think there might be someone who would appreciate this.


Journal Entry 36 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Caught at the "Poodlesister's in town!" meet up. Thank you!

Journal Entry 37 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, February 01, 2020
This was a really interesting story. I didn't really know much about Oliver Sacks personal life, although I had read a couple of his books. I thought it was lovely how tender Bill was with him as his health became worse. I also liked the interactions Bill had with people he met around and about New York. Will look out for a next appreciative reader!

Journal Entry 38 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Released 3 mos ago (2/18/2020 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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Have included this as a wee extra surprise in with a book ring. Got my parcel all wrapped up and realised I'd forgotten to put in a note. So, SURPRISE!

Journal Entry 39 by wingSparkishwing at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, February 20, 2020
What a lovely surprise!! Thank you so much 😊

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