Enchanted, Book 2

Things We Lost in the Night (A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves Book 2)

Non-Fiction - Memoir
484 Pages
Reviewed on 04/29/2019
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Author Biography

IT’S SPRING IN HONOLULU as the band opens at an off-the-beaten-path, beach-front Waikiki nightclub, playing to packed audiences of locals and American warriors at the height of the Vietnam War. Larry meets someone here who changes his life forever. Back on the Mainland, Larry tries to leave his romantic island fantasy behind and searches for redemption as the band returns to its Indiana roots. Though the record everyone had expected to become a national hit fails in the wake of a national tragedy, the band’s popularity and success continue to grow on the West Coast.

THE FLAMINGO HOTEL IN LAS VEGAS offers a long-term engagement in the Sky Room, a dance/showroom designed for them. Larry, now happily married with a child on the way, and more follow-up recording sessions ahead can hardly believe his good fortune. But when their next records fail and the band grows restless playing in one place, Larry attempts to spark the band’s creativity to write their own songs. A sudden personal crisis arises when his wife and son are missing. His life and sanity are at risk as he tries to save both his band and young family.

READ THIS UNFORGETTABLE BOOK about the adventures of Larry and his bandmates in Stark Naked and the Car Thieves during the tectonic cultural, political, musical and sexual upheavals of the chaotic 1960s. Experience the tumultuous nights they inhabit where too many people and things are too easily found and lost.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Enchanted: Things We Lost in the Night (A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves) is the second book in a breathtaking memoir by Larry Dunlap, a veritable tour de force for readers who enjoy real-life adventures and what the life of a band feels like. Larry takes readers on a ride with the band as they continue to rise in popularity, exploring intense moments of performance, relationships, and disappointments against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Larry will face a life-threatening experience and a welcome in his hometown that is not what he expected. We encounter legendary musicians like Elvis Presley, but what caught my attention most was the author's romantic journey.

Enchanted: Things We Lost in the Night is exciting, a narrative that holds a lot of surprises for readers who love exploring nightlife. The story is written in an engrossing, first-person narrative voice and the author captures very interesting dialogues and memorable moments in prose that is excellent, pulling readers into his worldview and compelling them to experience the hype surrounding a working band and the surprising thrills of an endearing romance. It is filled with historical references and places readers would like to be. From the writing to the panache of the narrative, from the interesting characters to the exciting romance, Larry Dunlap scores wonderful points in a work that both informs and inspires readers.