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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (102 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erica Heller Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Like his most famous work, Joseph Heller was a study in contradictions: eccentric, brilliant, and voracious, but also mercurial, competitive, and stubborn, with a love of mischief that sometimes cut too close to the bone.

Yossarian Slept Here is a daughter’s mordantly funny, poignant, and incisive memoir about growing up as a Heller—from her colorful family members and her parents’ passionate and tumultuous thirty-eight-year marriage, to her father’s celebrity friends and the family’s eccentric neighbors in New York City’s historic Apthorp apartment building. Mel Brooks, Zero Mostel, and Mario Puzo were close confidantes of Joe; George Balanchine, Sidney Poitier, and Lena Horne shared the elevator.

This authentic and vibrant portrait of life in the Heller household unfolds alongside the saga of the family’s move into four distinctive apartments within the Apthorp, each representing a different phase of their lives together—and apart. It is a story about achieving a dream, about fame and its aftermath, lasting love, squandered opportunities, and how to have the best meal in Chinatown.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Charming and combative.”

    New York Times

  • “A rare combination of candor, humor, and compassion, this book is for all [listeners], especially of literary and family memoirs, and all fans of Heller. A fine combo with Tracy Daugherty’s Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller."

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “For those with an interest in Joseph Heller, this is a must-listen as the details on his family and life experiences provide insights into how his life influenced his prize-winning writing.”

    AudioFile

  • “An affectionate family scrapbook crafted with a bittersweet blend of humor and pathos.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bex | 9/15/2013

    " Library book. Full review to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Betty | 5/29/2013

    " Funny perspective on the family life of Joseph Heller by his daughter. Loved it. Will be ready to read Catch 22 next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thomas Cannon | 5/14/2013

    " A great book. Erica gave a lot of insights into the man and author. She related some crazy and sad things about her dad that I almost wish I didn't know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Uzzi | 3/24/2013

    " A nice read about an interesting relationship. "

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About the Author

Erica Heller is the daughter of Joseph Heller, the author of Catch-22. An advertising copywriter, novelist, and creative consultant, her work has appeared in the New York Observer and on the Huffington Post website. She lives in New York City at the ever-evolving Apthorp apartment building.