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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
A Crock of Sundries by Timothy R. Baldwin invites readers into the life and mind of the author in what is altogether an internally intimate way. From poetry to plays and splices of memoir to stories of mysterious fiction, Timothy R. Baldwin has cornered a number of markets and done it in such an incredible and entertaining fashion. One might think that the varying different mediums of writing would be jarring, but they have a way of flowing into one another, like small streams that meet up with small rivers and larger rivers, converging into oceans. On page 114 is a quote that left me with the biggest smile: “…I’ve come to conclude that beers, regardless of the family in which they fall…are like people you might meet at a party.”
Timothy R. Baldwin’s A Crock of Sundries will take you back to your youth. It will maybe make you look differently at the people who surround you right now and hold them tighter. Perhaps it will help you see through the eyes of your own child or that of a young relative. A Crock of Sundries is a connector. Connecting us to all the facets that fill one’s life, whether biographical or fictional. It makes us feel something real and genuine and is unapologetic because there is no reason to apologize for the foibles that come with youth. And it steers us in an undeniable way toward the other side of youth, and what there is to be seen through an older man’s eyes.