About the Book
Author: Eric Mondschein
Number of Pages: 224
Synopsis: It's not always the earth-shattering events that are most significant in our hectic lives. More often, it's the small things, many long forgotten, that touch and shape us most deeply. Our memories of these events might bring smiles, or anger, or even a desire to forget. But every one of them helps to make us who we are today-and in some ways, who we will become tomorrow. Join Eric Mondschein at the unhurried pace of a cup of coffee for a surprising and powerful journey in which laughter inevitably mingles with tears, sorrow turns to joy, and loss almost becomes bearable.
This is such a compelling read. I thoroughly enjoyed taking a stroll down memory lane with Eric. His recollection of growing up on 12 College Road had me laughing, crying, and recollecting my own childhood. Each chapter is it's own short story detailing a specific event, but as you continue reading you begin to understand how all the stories tie together shaping the author into the man he is today.
One tale I particularly enjoyed was "The Sitter" in which Eric and his little brother, Jeff tie up their babysitter in order to stay up late and watch TV. I remember my mom sharing a similar story with me about what her and her brothers did to their babysitter. I had to call her and ask if this was the norm for kids growing up in the 50's and 60's! Her response, "sometimes you had to do what you had to do when you had a babysitter." Not sound advice, but it sure made for a fun story from both the author and my mom.
The book is filled with tales like the one above and many, many more. Some pull at your heartstrings, others will make you smile, and all will make you reflect on what really matters in life.
I highly recommend picking up a copy. Available on Amazon.