Pianist in a Bordello by Mike C. Erickson

Pianist in a Bordello by   Mike C. Erickson

Pianist in a Bordello

Pianist in a Bordello

This autobiographical romp through four decades in the life of Richard Milhous Nixon Youngblood is intimately tied to the circumstances of his birth.  Silently seething over of the absence of the protagonist’s father from their commune in Northern California, his mother spitefully celebrates Election Day, 1968, as well as giving birth, by naming her only offspring after our 37th President.  Throughout his life, Youngbood’s mettle is not only tested by his name, but also by his childhood kidnapping, his mysterious encounters with his father, his untimely dismissal from college, and especially because of four women named Amanda—one of whom makes multiple clumsy attempts on his life. Starting with his career as a teacher, our narrator is steadily sucked deeper and deeper into the world of politics as another Amanda becomes the love of his life. If only the political milieu of America today was this much fun, our polarized national discourse might be drowned in a sea of chuckles in Pianist in a Bordello

About the Author

Mike C. Erickson’s birth and early education took place in the idyllic college town of Logan, Utah, but because of a twist of fate he graduated from high school in Honolulu. He left Hawaii brimming with aloha and enrolled at Utah State, where he was awarded two degrees and self-proclaimed minor intellectual status, which was of dubious value when the US Army invited him to vacation in South-East Asia. Ten days after leaving Vietnam, he began decades of dispensing pearls of wisdom as a high school teacher and, on occasion as a community college history instructor in suburban Sacramento. Mike and his wife Trudy, have two grown sons and a grandson to be born just after this novel. When not in Hawaii or some other exotic locale, they live in Gold River, California. This is his first novel.

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This is a fun, crazy romp — as well as a real page turner. You feel like you know the protagonist (Richard) as well as his various women (eerily all named “Amanda”) well before you have finished the novel. The book is also a lesson (or refresher!) on history and “current events” (aka civics) as we flow through the often-turbulent events of the late 60’s and 70’s, up until the present. This is just a delicious, silly, fun, fact-filled, sometimes-sexy (which is more implied) wild ride through the times of many people’s youth (including this reader!) Since the author is a high school teacher, we can only hope (and expect) that he teaches his classes with the wit, smarts and fun with which he writes. I know I would have loved many more high school classes (and not fallen asleep!) if I’d had THIS type of book as a textbook!! To mangle (not quite paraphrase) Fleetwood Mac, “You make learnin’ fun.” Enjoyable, delicious and if you like Forrest Gump. you’ll love this!

By Charles T Stamos on January 17, 2015

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A wonderful read, hard to put down. You just want to read one more chapte


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This is one of the best books I’ve read in the past year — very engaging, funny, and educational. It really hits its stride about 1/3 of the way through and keeps your attention until the very end. I found myself staying up late each night simply because I couldn’t put it down. I was sincerely impressed that this was the author’s first novel — would look forward to reading more!


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This is a great light-hearted satire, for those who like great light-hearted satires. The protagonist has a great sense of humor and just enough whimsy not to be cynical about the politics and current events that he lives through. The humor really had me laughing at various points – I particularly enjoyed the description of the militant vegans (“we prefer wood flames…natural gas is a product of dead animals from the past.”) I also liked all the little throwaway gems – the pest control company called Bug Genocide being my favorite. I thought the character of Tri-Y was great as a sort of whimsical father/fairy-godfather-esque figure. There is a great scene where Dick takes questions from students at a university and gives the same provocative answer to every question – this had me laughing out loud. In addition to the sharp humor, pieces of historical trivia are constantly thrown into the mix – I felt like I learned a little bit more about recent history and current events. An excellent read which I highly recommend!


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“Pianist in a Bordello” is like Forrest Gump.
If Forrest Gump was:
Consumed with politics.
Surrounded by extremists.
Written by someone obsessed with Richard Nixon.I had a blast reading this fun romp about a young man and his adventures through a political lens. It is an easy read, full of wacky characters and hijinks. After I got into it, I could not put it down.Whether you are Conservative, Liberal or none of the above you will enjoy “Pianist in a Bordello”!


By Karla J on February 8, 2015

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Great read! I love the notion of what would happen if polititians really “fessed up” and told the truth. Toungue-in-cheek though it may be, it hit some real chords of reality. Loved the characters, references to the psychedelic 60’s and 70’s and . . . the Amanda’s were a great motif to keep me interested and laughing. The satire and wit, mixed with wisdom and knowledge of history and politics formed a successful recipe for a satisfying read!


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Reading this book is like taking a little vacation, only you’re going to times and trends in recent history instead of places, laughing along the way. I especially liked the quotations that begin each chapter. It’s encouraging to hear R. N. Youngblood (Trueman?) the politician who keeps his integrity when he speaks, even under pressure. Satire, of course, but, also, a fantasy that’s fun to read.


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Charming, witty, wildly imaginative, well-written & colorful : Pianist in a Bordello is the “tell all” tale told by a teacher-turned -politician who figures he may as well publish his life story before the media runs with it. A must read by anyone who is looking for a light-hearted yet provocative story, skillfully told, with an engaging collection of characters.



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