HE IS … I SAY: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE NEIL DIAMOND: By David Wild [Da Capo]

Bill Murray’s character in What About Bob? told his shrink that there are two types of people in the world: those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t. But really, does anybody not like Neil Diamond, even if purely in an ironic or kitschy way? He Is … I Say parallels Rolling Stone editor David Wild’s lifelong devotion to Diamond with a roughly chronological history of the artist’s career. Wild unobjectively heaps praise on everything Diamond has touched and makes preposterous assertions, like how his use of between-song Yiddish on a ’70s live LP helped its chart position. [www.perseusbooks.com]

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