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Book Review: My Thoughts Prefer Side Streets: Collected Essays and Other Reflections by Leslie Miklosy

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My Thoughts Prefer Side Streets: Collected Essays and Other Reflections by Leslie Miklosy is hardly a typical book. While more than a few pages teem with minute, pithy sayings, there are also longer works which start off each chapter. A short story collection? Well, no. The term infers characters and a plot exist within. Perhaps the best way to describe Miklosy’s publication is to suggest the author has scribbled down whatever is in his head at any given moment and is now published.

Different? Very. In fairness, however, I will say this. There is no need to try and read cover to cover in one sitting. Pick it up, and read the opening long essay. Put the book down. Readers should think about what they just read, as long as they must. Sometimes the written piece requires a slow digestion.

The shorter thoughts are intended to be filed away for future reference. A sentence or two at most, these nuggets bring to mind scribblings on fortune cookies. They are also vague enough so just about anyone can interpret at will. Any deeper meaning is entirely up to the reader in question.

Miklosy is wise enough to not overrun the brains of his readers. How does he accomplish this? Illustrations are depicted at the beginning of each chapter before the letters start popping up. Although fairly simple in content, these tend towards rather clever. For those who choose to purchase Miklosy’s chosen opinions, these define sections without having to fully describe anything.

Despite being a little known author, Miklosy has already sold a book prior to this one. He is clearly doing what he needs to in order to make his living as a published writer.

As with any piece of written material, not everyone will find this book appealing. It’s meant to interest a wide range of readers anyway. Most who pick Miklosy’s work up should be able to find something to appreciate, however.

For more information about Miklosy and his other projects, go to the publisher website. Included in Sidestreets is an email address should readers want to communicate directly with the author.

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  • (Mr.) Leslie Miklosy

    As the author of My Thoughts Prefer Side Streets, I found NancyGail’s review somewhat unflattering, interspersed with the occasional grudging positive comment. While I concede she has every right to her opinion – after all, that’s what gives honesty value to a review – what she fails to mention would provide a more balanced and complete depiction of my book.

    She seems disappointed my work is not a short story collection (“A short story collection? Well, no. The term infers a plot and characters exist within. Perhaps the best way to describe Miklosy’s publication is to suggest the author has scribbled down whatever is in his head at any given moment and is now published.”) My response: It was never intended to be a short story collection. Sorry. And for your information, I did not “scribble down whatever was in [my] head at any given moment.” The book represents countless hours of composition, selection and editing. Perhaps the best rejoinder is to note a couple of the several “Advance Comments” I’ve received:

    “On the side streets on which you will travel reading this entertaining and dynamic little book, you will encounter wisdom, common sense, humor, practical philosophy, and a refreshed way to look at life that will surely help and guide you over some potholes when you return to the main street of your own existence.”
    — Bill Boggs, multiple Emmy Award-winning TV host, author of Got What It Takes?: Successful People Reveal How They Made It to the Top—So You Can, Too!

    “Leslie Miklosy has done it again: enter another collection of aphoristic sayings and gems of miniature essays. Generous and smart, the essays all address some specific but perennially relevant philosophical or existential issue. The short aphorisms are crystallized versions of the essays: tiny shards that glimmer memorably.”
    — Timea K. Szell, senior lecturer in English and director of creative writing, Barnard College, New York

    I was disappointed the cover of My Thoughts Prefer Side Streets was not shown – it suggests the quality of the book itself.