Welcome to Soul on Nice
Soul on Nice chronicles the latest and greatest adventures of the Old Bunbury Golf Links & Reading Club's waitress extraordinaire Esther, the highly eccentric but undeniably lovable protagonist of his previous epic works. This time Norm's scintillating tale is truly global in scope, with Esther opening the novel zooming her merry old way to beautiful New Zealand. This titanic clash between good and evil is part playful and evocative travelogue, part staunch conservative manifesto, part clever and poignant mystery, part whimsical exposé of the madcap world of private clubs, and all treasure trove of quirky good cheer. While anyone with a decent sense of humor will surely love Norm's latest story, readers who also understand and appreciate the fascinating world of private golf clubs will be doubly pleased.
To learn more about two other books recently written by Norm Spitzig under the nom de plume Clive Endive Ogive IV, please visit www.CliveEndiveOgiveIV.com.
For every book directly purchased on the author's two websites, $1.00 will be donated to The Club Foundation (www.ClubFoundation.org), the only 501(c)(3) charitable organization for the private club industry.
Praise for Norm Spitzig's Books
"Clive's wonderful books have given me lots of chuckles and some humongous belly laughs. I have bought copies for our general manager, our club officers, and our entire Board of Directors."
“Clive (Norm) accurately captures the fanciful foibles—and, at times, the ‘wonderful lunacy’—in the private club environment. His many characters, who seem to be right out of central casting, can be found frolicking about in utter abandon throughout the book. I know these people—you know these people! Every page is a hoot and laugh-out-loud moment. Private Clubs in America and around the World is a great read!”
“I believe that Clive Endive Ogive IV (Norm Spitzig) is, without question, the most insightful and accomplished writer ever regarding the wonderful world of private clubs. Private Clubs in American and around the World is an absolute must-read for those who have ever been associated with private clubs and, more importantly, anyone who has a sense of humor. I am a loyal and devoted fan.”
"Murder and Mayhem at Old Bunbury is a gleeful parody of the stereotypical private club, with its selective membership, distaste for the hoi polloi, and a zany cast of über-rich oddballs with some of the silliest names you’re likely to encounter outside of a P.G. Wodehouse novel. The club, Old Bunbury, is nothing short of a riotous temple to old-school capitalism and Clive Endive Ogive IV its devoted high priest."
"I just finished How Now, Norm’s Tao this morning. What a fantastic read! Norm's stories would make for a great movie. A reality show centered around a private club would be a huge hit. Pay attention, Hollywood!"
"Using captivating personal stories, linguistic prowess, and acerbic wit, Norm shares twelve life lessons learned through his professional and life experience. Though most of the stories have their foundation in the private club world, their value and impact transcend private clubs. From lessons on dealing with difficult people, to the value of giving more and expecting less, to overcoming challenging situations, every person in every walk of life will find a way to appreciate and apply the wisdom found in How Now, Norm's Tao."
"Set against the backdrop of a lifelong career in the private club industry, How Now, Norm’s Tao delves into the accomplished life of entrepreneur Norm Spitzig and surfaces with a baker’s dozen of timeless universal lessons. This witty memoir illuminates the secrets of a life well lived and expounds upon the core principles that have kept a twinkle in Norm’s eye and a spring in his step. His sincere, captivating stories are a recipe for inspiration, practical thinking, and, most importantly, laughter."
"Clive Endive Ogive IV is the Bodhisattva for the world of private clubs."
"Being a good Catholic boy, I cannot tell a lie. I just finished How Now, Norm’s Tao. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and can relate to many of the experiences. As a matter of fact, next Tuesday I am having breakfast with the new president of a wonderful private club and will strongly recommend that he follow 'one man's path to a more enjoyable personal life and rewarding professional career.'”
"If you like the biting sarcasm of Nelson DeMille's John Corey, the charismatic intellect of John LeCarré's George Smiley, and the irreverent wit of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, you will love the world of Norm Spitzig's Clive and Esther."
"Norm Spitzig is that rare linguistic artist who fully understands and appreciates the evocative power and unfettered playfulness of properly chosen words."