“Rolling the Bones is a Runyonesque memoir — rough and ready, but also poignant and clear-sighted. A fighting spirit fills these pages, but also a distinctive respect for literature and art. What Kamen writes about the sculptor Rodin could equally apply to parts of this memoir: ‘what [was] forced from a lump of clay was so intimate it was nearly unbearable.’ Failure, misapprehension, luck and receptivity to life — that is, the vicissitudes of human nature — mark this memoir from beginning to end.”

—  Anne Michaels, author of Fugitive Pieces and The Winter Vault