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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
The Biscuit & Timely Tales by T. L. Needham is a memoir written in a compilation of short stories that span the author's earliest recollections and traverses through to adulthood. The Biscuit is actually a pocket watch that a son reveals to his father, a new treasure for a young man, and a relic of an older man's past that moves him in ways his child doesn't understand. Needham traces back in the first part of the book with moments that are captured in vignettes, weaving through the ripples of the Needham men, their stories complemented with original poetry and family photographs. As the autobiography progresses, Needham shares experiences that defy the single-file, single-existence that many people subscribe to, trusting readers enough to let us in and ride along with his visions, senses, and dips into the unknown.
It really does take a brave soul to put themselves out into the public domain and announce that they have a sixth sense, which is exactly what T. L. Needham does in The Biscuit & Timely Tales. I absolutely love these types of confession and was drawn in almost immediately. The writing is clean and tight and Needham requires little by way of flourish in order to get the details right. This is why I one-hundred-percent believe him. He is remarkably authentic in the retelling of his stories. One in particular literally had the hair on my arms raised as he describes a short journey in an old house that has a cistern, and one night he feels compelled to see it for himself. A tight crawl space leads him to the brink of death until he is rescued by his father, only to feel it beckoning him back through a now-locked gateway. Needham brings us a fascinating memoir with some excellent goosebumps and chills, wrapped up in a book that promises we may just meet again in another time and place.