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Letter: Anner’s wonderful memoir has gotten glowing reviews

Anner’s wonderful memoir has gotten glowing reviews

I must respond to Bruce Andriatch’s harsh review of local native Zach Anner’s memoir, “If at Birth You Don’t Succeed.” Did we read the same book? Did Andriatch approach the book with an open mind, or did he prejudge it based on his evident distaste for the memoir genre?

I freely admit I’m not objective; I’ve been a friend of Zach and his family for many years. But no one has to take my word for it that this book is very much worth reading. Why else would it have been bid on by three of our largest publishers? Why has it received uniformly positive and even glowing reviews all over the country? Because it’s a good book.

Isn’t it ironic that the only bad review Zach has gotten is in his hometown? But you can make up your own mind about this and it won’t cost you a penny. Zach will be appearing free of charge at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at 7 p.m. on April 15. Come, meet him and hear him. Then decide for yourself if his memoir would be an enjoyable and worthwhile read for you.

Tim Denesha

Buffalo