"No one from Gold Coast ever fantasized about going to Morocco." And yet, that's where musician/author Bill Parker found himself one warm Spring night in his 64th year. Naturally, the self-described "guy who likes to write" documented the experience, which he describes as "eye-opening." However, "For special friends of Rick" (the section from which the book takes its title) isn't your typical travel memoir, gushing with anecdotes of colorful local entertainers, quaint native customs, and fascinating excursions to places of interest: "There's nothing exotic about Marrakech." Let the reader consider themselves warned. Other sections of Parker's 10th book concern eight days spent in Spain before the tour got underway, and slightly off-center appreciations of John Wayne and Ho Chi Minh. On a more personal level, there's a look back at the passing of his lifelong friend Butch and, in "The News Was Bad and Slow in Arriving," the story of a loved one's downward spiral into dementia. In the book's Foreword, Parker states he not only wanted but needed "For special friends of Rick ..." to be different from his previous books which are, as he is quick to point out, ABATT: All Bill, All the Time. It's safe to say he succeeded."
That's how BP's latest literary offering is described on amazon.com. You've waited so long . . . you know it's brilliant . . . and you know you can't live without it.
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"For special friends of Rick ..."
(And while you're there, you may as well buy the rest of The BP Library. What the hell.)