Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Reads Like a Memoir

Raising Jake by Charlie Carillo
(Adult Fiction)

This is not a memoir!  I had to keep repeating this to myself the whole book through because it reads just like the truth.  It rang of true-ness in every word.  I am convinced that these people exist somewhere--they are just too REAL to be made up!

This book is told over one weekend and discusses how a father and son reflect on their current life situation and how it (their lives) needs to change.  The title is so ironic because the main character really hasn't 'raised' his son Jake--he has largely been a weekend parent but does what no mother can do--transition a son into manhood.

Normally, this isn't the kind of book that I like and it doesn't seem to be about much of anything--just kind of a rambling tale.  But I loved it!  At turns, it was funny, sweet, heart-breaking and even gross.  A great read from an author I plan to check out more!

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