John Lithgow is peerless in his ability to tell a tale. Hearing him is a treat.
Lithgow tells great stories of "brushes with fame" in his youth and encounters with theater greats. Even when he is not "telling all," he is compelling and reads so well.
To my mind, this was the perfect audiobook--great stories told by the ultimate perfomer.
I probably would not listen again because I tend not to re-listen. But I would definitely reread some of the passages. The preface is a lyrical tribute to a town and the craftsman that were dependent on a dying industry. The author also has beautifully captured what it is like to have a difficult parent.
Philip Roth's Patrimony or Mary Karr's memoirs. These are all memoirs of living with a difficult parent--yet in the way that all sad families are different, the stories are very different. All of these authors write very well.
I have not liked Russo's fiction but will now try again. I found his fiction contrived but this memoir demonstrates that truth is stranger than fiction and the human heart contains multitudes. Russo's loving tribute to his difficult mother is a rare & beautiful book.
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