John L. Kirkley 5.0 out of 5 stars A Memorable Memory Bank
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 20110
The Memory Bank by Jack Orth is one of those rare books that can captivate your imagination and take you back to a time in this country’s history that bears little resemblance to the world we live in today. Those of us who have had the privilege of knowing Jack over the years immediately recognize the prose style, exclamation points and all. It reflects his great enthusiasm for people and life in general and it’s pure Orth — no artifice, no pontificating, just story telling with a flair that you’ll be sure to enjoy. Add the funny, sad, quirky tales that Jack has to tell to your own memory bank. It’s a terrific read.
Auburndale village of Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Jack Orth
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2011
Jack’s writing style is so like the man he is – honest, humorous and straight forward. He is that rare person, about whom we have never heard a truly negative comment.
“The Memory Bank” is vintage Jack Orth as he describes his occasionally misguided youthful adventures and misadventures, invariably followed by “hard love” from a loving, often bemused Mom and Dad, and a quiet co-conspirator in his “Sister.” His rogues’ gallery of friends and adventurers are pure fun for the reader as we are taken on motorcycle trips to Canada in the rain, on small airplane trips near (but never under) “Echo Bridge,” and visits to Scollay Square and “the Burly.”
Jack’s time in the Marines, while often described in the “Memory Book” in a light-handed fashion, clearly was life-transformative.
His loving letters to Sally and the children are a wonderful way to end a wonderful book.
When I grow up, I want to be just like Jack Orth!
Jeffrey B. Carrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Voice like a bell
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2011
There’s a famous writer’s maxim that goes, “Once you find the voice . . .you can write.” Sounds simple, but surely is not. In “The Memory Bank”, author Jack Orth’s voice rings just as clear as a bell. If you have any feeling for the America of the 30’s/40’s/50’s . . .this pearl of a book will send you there with a series of vignettes that draw the reader in effortlessly to a magical time and space that has, in so many ways, vanished never to return. But Orth’s pen is like a brush that paints those scenes so skillfully and sincerely we find ourselves strapped aboard the time machine before we even realize it. Once there, it’s a real challenge to put “The Memory Bank” down and return to the present. If you ever read for pure pleasure: buy this book. Bravo Jack Orth. Encore!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure!
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2011
Jack Orth is indeed a rich man, in the manner of true wealth: he has lived joyously! That joy is infectious in this sweet, happy, funny book. It even has a pig in it, which pretty much is is the icing on the cake for me! I loved reading this, and so will you.
Dru Teresa Horin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2015
Wonderful trip down my parents’ memory lane! I’ll treasure it forever! From Tony DeStefano’s oldest grandchild.
5.0 out of 5 stars It’s a Beauty!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2011
I just couldn’t resist writing a review of my fathers book. I am the ex-nursery school attendee from chapter one who is lucky enough to be Jack Orths daughter. Sitting down with this book brought me back to when I was small enough to climb up on Dads lap for a story before bed….oh what a great treat that was for me and it never got old. I found myself laughing out loud and shedding a good number of tears, but what really struck me was that I realized he took many a page from his own fathers book. I was never a big fan of going to school and many days my father would say to me, “Wendy, why don’t you come to work with me today–it can’t hurt to miss a day of school now and again” He never had to ask me twice, we hit the road early stopping at Reds Diner for a great breakfast then to the office for a little work. Before I knew it, it was lunch time so off we would go to some great spot that he knew about. Then of course there was shopping at Dimensions that was a little like Filenes Basement on a much smaller scale…wow how he spoiled me! His father taught him to drive at a young age and he did the same with me at about 14 years old. He is always on the move and has kept in touch with many friends from his childhood which he thinks nothing of driving 400 miles one way to see for lunch and then coming back home the same day. Life has always been an adventure with him and he lives every day to its fullest. When he walks into a room, his energy is palpable and people just want to be around him, lucky for me I have had the great joy to spend 45 years hanging around with him and have loved every minute of it. We share a lot in common, our love of music, food, animals, the outdoors and talking with different people. His wonderful book “The Memory Bank” holds a special place in my heart and on my bedside table. He always signs his notes to me “Love and Happy Days”–he sure had a lot of Happy Days and continues to do so. The title of my review “It’s a Beauty!!” is a favorite saying of ours and it can refer to anything from a great day to a great Hot Dog (which we share a love for). This book is truly “A Beauty” so find your favorite reading spot and enjoy the trip back in time like I did….what a ride!!