A "Novel in Stories," The Drool Room looks at life from the point of view of someone struggling with dyslexia, attention issues, behavioral issues. "Every now and then, I run into an unexpected gem of a book. The Drool Room is such a book. Ira Socol took me with him on a wild roller coaster ride through microfiction generated from his early life in school and into a career as an intense NYPD cop. His was a world of school failure powered by a combination of what he came to know as both dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. His voice rises and falls, dips and dizzies with the sights, sounds, and smells of a ride gone wild. Then, Socol brings the coaster to a breathless halt and I sit there in silence; thankful to have experienced his voice." - Amazon User Review
A collection of over 50 "Very Short Stories," A Certain Place of Dreams rests on the line between prose and poetry and investigates/celebrates Northern Ireland. "Ira David Socol has written a love letter to Northern Ireland. Love being the complicated business that it is, his method is somewhat roundabout. An unnamed narrator grew up in Derry and went off to the United States. He has come back with an American girlfriend and attempts to show her what it is he loves about his country. He grew up amid Irish airs and Beatles songs; ancient myths and boys' adventures; stories of the Irish revolution and personal experiences of "the Troubles." He seems to have taken part in the Troubles - on the Irish Catholic side - and that's what drove him off to the U.S." - Amazon User Review
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