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A QUARTER INCH FROM MY HEART
Telling the riveting story of what what happened when the author took in a refugee from Hurricane Katrina as a roommate until he could "get back on his feet," A Quarter Inch from My Heart is a tale of complicated friendship, loss, and redemption.
OFF THE CHARTS!
When twenty-one-year-old Greg Bounder, a brash, wealthy college student, meets his one-time singing idol, Sally Testata, at a Scranton bar, he seizes the opportunity to create an exciting career for himself by managing her comeback.
Hall is disarmingly honest with the reader . . . the book never loses the reader’s interest.
Tinky Weisblat, The Greenfield (MA) Recorder
It is the brutal honesty with which this book is written that made me sit up several times as I read. Yet with that, there is something very entertaining about this book . . . This is a complex story full of twists and surprises just like life itself.
Amos Lassen, www.reviewsbyamoslassen.com
While the events of Kevin’s memoir are tragic, the real draw is in his reaction to them, presented in naked introspection. There’s a lack of pretense at internal continuity that makes this such an honest memoir.
Andrew Clunn, Applause Applause
A poignant account of the author’s tumultuous, yet endearing encounter with an interesting man that enriched his life . . . deeply engaging.
Nycole Lee, www.thebooknymph.com
A Quarter Inch from My Heart is a harrowing account of love and loss . . . it is at once deeply instrospective and outward reaching.
Rachel DeWoskin, author of Blind!, Foreign Babes in Beijing, and Big Girl Small
The reader is drawn into the pathos of the naked emotion of life and love: A growth from eros to philios and further to the undeniable agape.
Father Jeffrey L. Hamblin
In A Quarter Inch from My Heart Kevin Scott Hall explores his amazing love for a dazzling drifter, Maurice, the man who becomes his ‘prodigal brother’—and who leaves an indelible mark on Hall’s heart and the hearts of all who read this luminous, unforgettable memoir about agape, recovery, and faith.
Jocelyn Lieu, author of What Isn’t There and Potential Weapons
[Off The Charts] is a romping, rollicking ride from start to finish . . . a practical, no holds barred, and utterly hilarious look into the music business as well as the individuals that inhabit it, warts and all . . . fast-paced, action-packed, and can't put it down entertaining from start to finish!
Jone Devlin, KPFT-FM & The Montrose Gem (Houston)
The images he presents of Scranton life [in Off The Charts] are superb . . . Hall has the promise to be a great creative writer.
ForeWord Clarion Reviews
[Off The Charts is] on the short list of HOT SUMMER READS!
LIVE AT MIDDLE
"Live at Middle" is Kevin's third recording, following his acclaimed debut, "New Light Dawning" (1998) and "Holiday Spirit" EP (1999).
A 3-song disc released in 1999. "Holiday Spirit" is an original piece, a swing jazz song that might be covered by Diana Krall or Tony Bennett. "If I Can Help Somebody" is a spiritual written during 1940s war-time, and said to be Martin Luther King Jr.'s favorite song."Oh Holy Night" is the traditional carol, with trio and three back-up singers--and Kevin's favorite Christmas song.
A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.
I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.
When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.
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