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Coops · May 19, 2019 at 10:19 pm
This is the greatest book ever!!! You should support him and buy his book!!! If you remember him from Monmouth High School and didn’t bother to get to know him here is your chance to hear him!!! This is kind of a big deal people!!! ❤️😎
Bliss78 · May 16, 2019 at 9:58 pm
I really enjoyed the eclectic writing. The author bounces between honest, emotional, moving reflections and obscure, random thoughts…much like my brain and probably yours, too.
I appreciated the journal entry-style format which allowed me to pick up and read as much as I felt like reading that day. I don’t really feel like this is a book only geared towards addiction or alcoholics. That’s kind of a side-note and just a characteristic of the author. It relates more to our own humanity. The topics are original and the book is worth reading.
jimi hindrance experience · May 12, 2019 at 9:36 am
It is a fine book. I am impressed with your skills. You have grown since we were goofing in Ottumwa. Be proud.
Kelly K · May 9, 2019 at 6:20 pm
Thank you so much for the autographed copy of your book, and the great inscription. I really appreciate it. So proud of you for writing & publishing a book. Not an easy task!
glenn.cremer · May 7, 2019 at 7:55 pm
I read some of my copy from Amazon. Waiting on my copy I ordered from your website. What I did read I could relate to a lot of it.
vabevabe17 · May 7, 2019 at 5:58 pm
So excited!!! I love the inscription!!
elaineorr · May 5, 2019 at 8:49 pm
I rarely pick up a book not really knowing what it’s about, but I’m glad I dove into tcr Bang’s Diaries for 2018. It’s an eclectic mix of honest rendition, life reflections, and family interactions – with a fair bit of wry humor. I love the mentions of conversations with his daughter.
The writing is from the perspective of a recovering alcoholic, so the introspection is worthwhile. Personal honesty – those words comes to mind about every other page. Many diarists think about how the reader will react, and it stunts the fortitude.
There are some pop culture references that I can’t relate to, but they don’t detract from the flow. I can’t do the book the kind of justice one can with a mystery or World War II nonfiction. I think anyone would enjoy the book. Certainly anyone contemplating writing a memoir should look at the fresh approach.
Good black-and-white photographs, too.
Here are a few quotes I like. There are so many more.
“I’m always so proud of myself when I walk out of the grocery store without any ice cream. In related news: I’m always so disappointed with myself when I’m sitting on the couch without any ice cream.”
“Grace has been gifted to me by the cosmos. Numerous times. I believe it’d be good for me to regift as well.”
“Part of being restored to sanity means realizing I don’t have to tolerate abuse from someone in the present just because I hurt them in the past.”
“However to be truly and fundamentally happy in this very moment, we can never go wrong with simply appreciating what we have. Plus, we can always take action to make things happen rather than plodding along waiting for the universe to hand us our next winning lottery ticket.”
“Embrace the demons that haunt us. But always keep in mind the goal is to set them free, not to give them safe harbor for eternity.”
“Sometimes I dream that I am floating on a raft in the middle of the ocean. My foot is dangling off the side. I can’t move because there’s nowhere to go. Drifting on an endless sea. Claustrophobic on my 8 foot pontoon. And then I wake up and the damn cats are hogging the bed. Again.”
And don’t forget to read the bio at the end. I recommend this book.
Momma J · May 3, 2019 at 9:22 pm
I received your book in the mail today - thank you so much! Thank you for your kind words and signing it! I find your writing to be more humorous than I expected - very entertaining. I learn a little more about you. Things I didn’t know or realize I guess. Great job with your book!
Momma J · Sep 20, 2018 at 7:59 pm
I received your magazine in the mail today and just finished reading it. You are a great thinker and writer of those thoughts - so creative. Your Artistry is obvious in your photography, your writing and your painting. I’m so proud of you!
Geoff P · Mar 2, 2018 at 9:28 pm
I finally got to reading the Jan issue of tcrbang—it’s great! Thought you should know. Thanks