Studs Terkel is a living legend whose fame as an interviewer has reached far beyond Chicago, the city he has called home for eight decades. Normally, his books such as Race, Working, and Division Street: America, are collections of interviews with numerous people all gathered around a central subject. With his latest book, Touch and Go: A Memoir Terkel himself is the central subject.
Terkel’s memoir is not a typical memoir. As is fitting of its subject, it’s more like sitting in on an engaging and funny conversation that is sometimes sad and occasionally cringe-inducing, but never boring.