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Bob Brody is taking his new memoir on tour across Queens.

An author from Forest Hills began taking his new memoir about his life growing up with two deaf parents and his often tumultuous journey to becoming an adult on tour across Queens last week, and has two more stops coming up.

Bob Brody, an essayist and longtime resident of Forest Hills, had his memoir “Playing Catch with Strangers: A Family Guy (Reluctantly) Comes of Age” published on June 18, and is now going around his neighborhood promoting his story.

“Playing Catch with Strangers” takes readers on a journey through Brody’s time as a child growing up in New Jersey with a deaf mother and father, the time he was stabbed by a drug addict after moving to New York City as a college graduate, his attempts at wooing his would-be wife, and his path into fatherhood.

Brody started his three-stop book tour in Queens on Sept. 9 at the Queens Public Library’s Forest Hills branch, located at 108-18 71st Ave.

The final two stops will be on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Cipollina Gourmet Italian Market, located at 116-09 Queens Blvd.; and on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Central Library located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.

Each event will include a book talk, sale and signing by Brody.

Brody’s work as an essayist has appeared over the years in major local and national publications such as The Atlantic, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Men’s Health, GQ, and more. He has also contributed to The New York Times, The New York Daily News and Newsday.

Brody also penned “Edge Against Cancer,” which profiles 12 athletes who survived cancer and competed in their sports again.

For more information about Brody and where to purchase a copy of “Playing Catch with Strangers,” visit


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