I Really Enjoyed This Great Book by Amazon Customer
“Here is a book that is rich on many levels.” By Publisher, Willow Valley Press This is an autobiography and much more. The book begins with a model childhood and a promising life, but later turns into the most dramatic roller coaster you will ever read about.
The book is about a fully-dimensioned life: a model childhood, multiple successful careers, good and bad marriages, religious intolerance, rediscovery of family roots in Ireland, and drinking/sobriety/drinking/sobriety. The ending is happy and inspiring!
Everyone will benefit from reading it, particularly people recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction and who are working a Twelve Step recovery program. It will be especially helpful and insightful for people who are wondering if maybe they need a Twelve Step recovery program, too.
“A Remarkable Life’s Journey” By Kenneth Umbach, Ph.D., on February 21, 2015. Amazon Review – Verified Purchase
This is the blurb I wrote for the book, used on the back cover: “Don’t Worry, the Floor Broke My Fall sheds light not only alcoholism, but also on coming-of-age, family dynamics, employment, romantic relationships, religious faith, and the mutual impacts of all of those. Richardson offers a relentless and brutally revealing window into a complicated and enlightening life.”Aodhán Richardson’s memoir might be about as illuminating a story of a lifetime battle with alcoholism as is to be found. It is more than that, of course, as Richardson is a man of learning and insight and wide experience. And he can write.I recommend Don’t Worry, The Floor Broke My fall to anyone who has a friend, relative, or co-worker with alcoholism, or who has faced alcoholism in his or her own life.. (That, I suspect, is the majority of readers — we all know someone in that category, if not several someones.) Everyone’s story is different, of course, but I suspect that some core elements are widely shared.Beyond that, it is a story of a multifaceted life, and interesting and valuable for that. And despite the grim parts (there are a lot of those), the memoir has humor, and at the end (no spoiler this, as I think it is apparent from the beginning), it is a story of success.At the author’s and publisher’s request, I read and commented on a late draft of book as it neared publication (hence the blurb). Since it was published, I have purchased copies to give to friends and associates.
I found it to be happy, sad By Tina on December 23, 2014. Amazon Review