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Adventures in Heaven and Hell: a Search for Spiritual and Sexual Fulfillment by Jerome Tuccille

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Adventures in Heaven and Hell: a
Search for Spiritual and Sexual Fulfillment by Jerome

About The Book:

Jerome Tuccille’s hilarious memoir about religious conflict and
sexual adventurism has been described as a cross between J.D. Salinger’s
Catcher in the Rye and J.P. Donleavy’s The Ginger Man.

Here’s what some critics had to say about the first edition of this book:

“Tuccille impresses the reader with his writing skills and his command of the
English language. He has a great wit and a fine sense of style. His description
is appropriately detailed and his imagery vivid and striking. He’s excellent
at blending narrative with exposition. I found myself quite involved in the
exciting, emotional, and traumatic incidents in his book. I was unable to put it
down until I had finished reading it. This doesn’t happen often in the
publishing field.”
—Ralph Ferraro, director
  The Italian-American Press
“The book is an eminently readable collection of yarns, covering the author’s
roots in the Bronx, his travels around the globe, and his various religious
conversions and sexual misadventures. (Those last two sometimes go
hand-in-hand.) Tuccille is a talented storyteller, and he has a knack for
bragging and mocking himself at the same time; if you enjoyed his memoir It
Usually Begins With Ayn Rand, you’ll probably like this one as well.”
—Reason magazine

“A would-be Hemingway traces the spiritual and sexual odyssey of his early
years. Denounced as a heretic by the dean of a Catholic college, Tuccille
skillfully weaves together details from his Italian-American upbringing in the
Bronx with his globetrotting in the late 1950s and early ’60s. The author
renounces Catholicism and its educational institutions, “presided over by
social misfits, sexual deviants, and intellectual dullards in long, black
dresses.” The narrative then adopts a self-deprecating tone, especially when
the author decides that he is a born writer. A first novel molders on an
agent’s desk for years, yet the optimistic author wanders across North
America, Australia, Asia and Europe, drinking copious amounts of alcohol, posing
as an accomplished artist, getting into his share of fights and, especially,
bedding as many women as possible. Tuccille juxtaposes this narrative of his
young adulthood with childhood scenes, invariably filled with guilt, anxiety and
strife, thanks in large part to his parents’ loveless marriage. This
autobiography claims to recount a spiritual quest, yet it has much more to say
about matters of the flesh, often related in spicy detail. Tuccille does mention
his journey through atheism, agnosticism, Eastern mysticism, the occult and the
radical individualism espoused by Ayn Rand. However, except for the author’s
thorough explanation of his initial attraction to Rand’s philosophy and his
final rejection of it, details concerning sex and booze dominate the account.
Because Tuccille’s style emphasizes telling details and clever turns of
phrase, however, the narrative never lags. Generally skillful and engagingly
detailed, but accenting the carnal more than the spiritual.”
—Kirkus Reviews


About The

    Jerome Tuccille is the author of more than thirty books,
including the award-winning biographies Hemingway and Gellhorn, the subject of
an HBO special in 2012, and Gallo Be Thy Name, about the Gallo wine family.
Tuccille’s biographies of Donald Trump, Trump, and Kingdom: the Story of the
Hunts of Texas were best-sellers. The author has also written highly acclaimed
biographies of Rupert Murdoch, Alan Greenspan, Barry Diller, and others, as well
as several novels. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price, a major financial
services firm, and he previously taught at the New School for Social Research in
New York City. In 1974, the author was an independent candidate for Governor of
New York. He is a member of Authors Guild and American Society of Journalists
and Authors.

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