I'm Almost Famous co-authored with Bob Baldori

An evening of dynamic, live, rock and roll, blues and boogie woogie combined with a bemused look at the life and times of a piano player who refuses to sell his soul to become rich and famous. It’s the reversal of an old theme. The play’s spirit and sentiment is positive and hopeful; you may or may not become a rich rock star and a household name, but you can aspire to do good work and reach your audience.

Selected Reviews and Comments:

“The comedy and music are sophisticated, top-quality theater.” Chicago Tribune

“What rock and roll used to feel like before it became hype and big business.” Lansing Star.

“The satire scores and the boogie booms. ... It’s a joy to watch these actors and music makers. They are exceptional at what they do.” Grand Rapids Press

Performed at the following theaters:

Apollo Theatre, Chicago, July-September 1984
Les Idees, Grand Rapids, January, February 1983
The Wharton Center Festival Stage, Michigan State University, March 1983
Boarshead Regional Theatre, Lansing, MI August 1982


BOOKS

Memoir
“My favorite book of the year. An astonishing look at the pains of growing up.”
--Dan Smith, WVTF Virginia, Public Radio
Collection/Anthology
“Wherever readers look, they’ll find a different essay, a different voice, a different Michigan.”
-- Crab Orchard Review
Anthology of/on Creative Nonfiction
“Offers the most thorough and teachable introduction available to this exciting genre.”
--John Boe, Editor, Writing on the Edge
Stage Play
"An evening of energy, hot music, laughs and sheer entertainment." Lansing State Journal
Teaching/Writing
"Root and Steinberg will be on the shelf near my desk that holds the most important books about the teaching of writing." -Donald Murray, A Writer Teaches Writing and Write to Learn
Literary Journal
"Fourth Genre is the Paris Review of nonfiction journals." Newpages.com
Writing/Teaching Text
The Writer’s Way is the best book I’ve found yet for teaching first quarter Freshmen their first English writing sequence….” Dr. Sheila Coghill, Moorhead State University.

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