A few days ago, I was contacted by a man named Alan M. Engler, a plastic surgeon from New York City. He wanted to compliment me on my blog and tell me about his new book, which was a fantasy about a surgeon from New York City, who enjoyed doing walking tours. I didn't quite understand him at first and I thought it would be one of those walking tour guidebooks. He offered to send me an actual copy, for free, even after I said I would be happy to buy if off of Amazon. The book arrived yesterday, and it was nothing I expected. Instead of some guidebook, it was an actual story and a good one at that.
Thomas Randolph, M.D., is a world-renowned plastic surgeon on Manhattan’s elegant
Upper East Side. People come from around the globe to have him do their surgery:
facelifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, breast surgery. He operates at the Park Avenue
Teaching Hospital, New York’s premier specialty hospital. Dr. Randolph is also a history
and architecture buff. He is particularly drawn to New York City during the late 1800s: The
Gilded Age. His favorite museum is The Frick Collection, which he visits regularly. In order
to share his interests and enthusiasm, he leads Walking Tours of the Upper East Side,
including his most-popular tour, “Mansions, Money, and Scandal.” However, the political
landscape at the hospital is changing and the administration is trying to force the doctors
to give up their independence. They’ve turned up the heat on some of them, including Dr.
Randolph, and both his private practice and his livelihood are under fire. At the same
time, his marriage is unraveling but the shocking dénouement nevertheless catches him
by surprise. Facing a combination of challenges, he increasingly seeks refuge in the world
he inhabits during his walking tours. And then, in a moment, he is taken on an unforgettable journey, one that will transform his life.
It is a really good book. I highly recommend it. If you want to learn more about New York City's important historical buildings, and want to read a good descriptive history about each of them, then this is the book for you. When Dr Randolph goes on a walking tour, though it is only on paper, it feels like you are actually there. It is a great book! Thank You Dr. Engler for sending me that copy!
Click HERE To See It On Amazon