Black Friday has come and gone, and Giving Tuesday (I think) is looming. Anyway, the season for intense shopping is at hand, and books are a great gift to give. Of course I speak objectively, with no personal interest in mind. Here, quite by chance, is a list of my books in print. (We don't talk about the others, one of which has mysteriously appeared online.)
No Place for Normal: New York / Stories from the Most Exciting City in the World. A selection of posts from this blog.
Historical fiction set in nineteenth-century New York:
1. The Pleasuring of Men. A young man becomes a male prostitute in the hidden gay world of that time.
2. Bill Hope: His Story. A street kid turned pickpocket pours out his story in a torrent of words.
3. Dark Knowledge. A young man fights to discover the truth about his family's involvement in the slave trade.
For details, see below.
Taxes: Who Pays Them and Who Doesn't
Note: This post repeats #157, published on December 14, 2014. Some things have changed since then, and some haven't. But taxes are in the news these days, hence the repetition. A few facts have been updated.
|Logo of the Internal Revenue Service|
|A wartime warning from the Treasury Department, |
1941-1945. Today the deadline is April 15.
NO INCOME TAX
NO SALES TAX
NO INHERITANCE TAX
NO CORPORATION TAX
NO GIFT TAX
A DEBT-FREE STATE WELCOMES YOU
Everyone agrees that our tax system needs to be drastically reformed, but few agree on how to do it. Some want to tax the rich more, some want to tax them less. And since Congress is a pack of millionaires who, with some exceptions, think the present system is just dandy – or at least have reasons not to meddle with it – meaningful reform is not likely to come very soon. Meaningful reform may require a groundswell of opinion from below, and there’s little sign of that at this time.
Here now is a twist that I have just (in 2017) discovered. There are those who contend that there is no statute requiring most U.S. citizens to file and pay the federal income tax, therefore such filing and paying are voluntary. If challenged, they contend, neither the IRS or the federal government can produce such a statute. Whether or not this is indeed the case, I leave to experts in the field. It is an interesting development with potentially serious implications.
If you love the city (or hate it), this may be the book for you. An award winner, it sold well at BookCon 2017.
"If you want wonderful inside tales about New York, this is the book for you. Cliff Browder has a way with his writing that makes the city I lived in for 40 plus years come alive in a new and delightful way. A refreshing view on NYC that will not disappoint." Five-star Amazon customer review by Bill L.
For readers who like historical fiction and a fast-moving story.
"A real yarn of a story about a lovable pickpocket who gets into trouble and has a great adventure. A must read." Five-star Amazon customer review by nicole w brown.
"This was a fun book. The main character seemed like a cross between Huck Finn and a Charles Dickens character. I would recommend this." Four-star LibraryThing review by stephvin.
"A lively and entertaining tale. The writing styles, plot, pace and character development were excellent." Four-star LibraryThing early review by BridgitDavis.
"I am glad that I have read this book as it goes into great detail and the presentation is amazing. The Author obviously knows his stuff." Four-star LibraryThing early review by Moiser20.
What was the gay scene like in nineteenth-century New York? Gay romance, if you like, but no porn (I don't do porn). Women have read it and reviewed it. (The cover illustration doesn't hurt.)
"At times amusing, gritty, heartfelt and a little sexy -- this would make a great summer read." Four-star Amazon customer review by BobW.
"Really more of a fantasy of a 19th century gay life than any kind of historical representation of the same." Three-star Goodreads review by Rachel.