The View from Apartment Four Book Review from @kleffnotes

This deeply personal and emotional work, The View from Apartment Four: On Loving and Leaving New York, takes readers on a tour through his life starting from his arrival in New York City at the age of 24 with the goal of carving out a career by any means necessary as a writer. Skip Rozin writes in the way that only a journalist and true writer can by including incisive wit and unflinching honesty. The stories of his life create a heartfelt and often humorous image of the writer’s efforts to remain viable in the difficult environment of the city.

Skip Rozin’s life in the city begins in 1965 on the most western block of 77th Street in New York City. His second-floor apartment with just the right sort of leaning allows you a brief glimpse of the Hudson River, making it a prized real estate attraction. His goal is to write no matter what sort of writing that will include. He starts by typing and editing and then moves on to writing anything from obituaries to news and eventually feature articles and books, under both his and other people’s names. His focused pursuits thought are derailed by the birth of his first daughter and then a set of triplets. Like many New Yorkers, Skip finds himself having to leave the city in order to take on adult responsibilities that he had once been able to avoid. This story of urban life and how everything began to change not only in the city, but also in how the people living their viewed what was important.

With 50 years of experience, both on staff and as a freelance reporter, Rozin has written in a variety of roles and in a variety of formats. The View from Apartment Four is his first memoir and all of his experience makes this book a truly engaging read. His narrative style is personal and conversational, which creates a memoir that allows you to fall comfortably into the story and follow his experiences like you were chatting over coffee with Rozin himself. He shares things that spread the gamut from having a car in the city to interviews he had with a variety of people for his work. Humor weaves through the book as Rozin allows himself to share both his stresses and highlights and even the stressful moments allow him to include slight bits of brevity. You can get The View from Apartment Four: On Loving and Leaving New York today.

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