"We met Earl in 1990; we parted seven years later.
So many little events had to fall into place before we met
that it seemed decreed Above for him to become "our" Earl.
He'd just chuckle to hear that, though...
"Those Jokers,"he'd say about us. "They knew I was strictly a loner."
...What we also knew was his biggest secret."
"Strictly A Loner"
is an off-beat, true story about aging, hoarding, money, lonliness...and acceptance
Softcover, bound, 32 b&w images.
Non-fiction; Biography/Memoir. ISBN 0-9713928-9-7
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Reviews "The wind was billowing out (Earl's) faded Air Force raincoat, and his bony figure was so like the spines of a kite that I expected him to sail upward at any moment. Only the weight of his shopping bags held him firm." ...So began the Baumgarten’s seven-year relationship with Earl, who moved into Room 7 with his collection of paper sacks that stored such items as, amazingly, more paper sacks, catsup packets and free bank pens secured in bundles of 10 by rubber bands. Baumgarten ponders her own and society's views on aging, on mental illness, about people who are different, who fascinate and frighten children... "Strictly A Loner" is about building trust, about doing the dance of coming close to express concern yet staying far enough away to respect personal space. It's a thoughtful, loving and humorous memoir about a man who let go of enough of his reclusive bent to enrich the lives of a family he made his own." -Suzanne Moore, The Press Republican
"Earl could have been one of the thousands of homeless veterans who have some form of undiagnosed mental illness... This could have been a heartbreaking book, but Baumgarten found the best in Earl. Her stories are humorous, and always compassionate. She introduces the reader to a man who loved no one, yet she writes eloquent, moving stories about this loner whom her family loved right up until the day he died."
-Lake Champlain Weekly
"I finished the book hoping I would never be like Earl...I would recommend it just for this lesson...A very good insight into the power of money over some people."
-Jim Stewart, author,"The Angel from Vietnam"
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