I received a copy of this book before I left for our two week journey (which seemed more like two years when you consider the # of miles we traveled *2000* and the passengers we had *me, hubby, dog and 3-yo* ... but I digress) and finished it before we even returned home!
Gerry Tales is a sweet book by author Gerry Boyolan, with a subtitle of How I Lived Happily Ever After, Despite Stabbing Myself in the Back, Scalding my Cojones, and Really Pissing off my Wife During Childbirth.
Right there, reading that extra detail in the title had me cracking up.
Gerry Boylan starts this tale by saying that 'Writing fiction may be more fun, but true stories are funnier!' and when it comes to getting to know him, his history and his family through this book, he is speaking the truth.
Gerry tells stories about growing up [hitching with friends, stabbing himself in the back - literally, running from a bat and literally "setting his cojones on fire"], becoming a man [having his first child, traveling with his family, making professional decisions] and experiencing life as a father and grandfather [pride in his sport-playing son, the miracle of having his first grandson, and the fear of nearly losing one of his daughters] and so much more.
I definitely recommend this book, and am passing my copy along to my father-in-law so he can enjoy it, as well. As a mother in my late [yes, late] 30s I feel that I am at a good point in my life to enjoy this kind of writing. I think anyone of an earlier generation would, as well. Which is why I'm giving it to my FIL, because I know he is going to love it, and relate to it. Whereas for me, though there were many things I couldn't relate to specifically, I am still at the point in my life where I can enjoy both, his writing style and what he has to say. It's not the kind of book you'd want to give a single woman, although many a man will enjoy reading this as he looks to his past and/or his future.
I have also received a copy of Gerry Boylan's Getting There, and look forward to reading that over the coming weeks. I'm obviously glad I enjoyed this book, as the next one is a work of fiction, and I'm sure he can infuse that with a bit of his own life's journey, making it even more fun to read.
So head on out and pick up a copy, for yourself or someone you love. And happy reading!
** I was not compensated in any way for this review, but I did receive a free copy of the book to facilitate my review. Affiliate links are present in this post!**