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Book Review | A Man of His Time: Secrets from a Halfway World by Steve Rochinski #bookreview #memoir

Title: A Man of His Time: Secrets from a Halfway World

Author: Steve Rochinski

Genre: Memoir

Book Blurb:

When a boy’s childhood is destroyed by a vicious sexual predator, everything changes. With no one to turn to in his dysfunctional family, he lived only in fear with a single hope for salvation: music. Born with a synesthete’s ability to hear music in every sound around him, a guitar became the key for him to escape his existence in a halfway world. A true story of resurrection and reclamation, A Man of his Time delivers an honest, articulate, and poignant commentary on a lifelong struggle to recover from the most sinister side of humanity.

My Review:

Like any great memoir, the writing of this book took extreme amounts of courage. You have to have skin like Superman to expose everything that you dealt with over the course of your life. That this author managed to rise up out of the ashes of his life and become something is tantamount to incredible. The horrific acts against him at age eight only added to the destruction of his young life that was first brought about by his mother. Unfortunately, for the author, that destruction of his self continued long after he was eight.

This book really works as a kind of self-help guide. If you are rolling through your life thinking ‘boy, I have it bad and never get any breaks’ – read this book. That this author lived that life and came out the other side with positive accomplishments means a lot. I believe reading this book will allow every person with issues to put them into proper perspective and make something of themselves.

The author truly represents himself on every page of this work. That is commendable but it does come with some consequences. I consider myself well-read but I was lost not once, but more than thirty times by the use of a word or phrase I had never heard of. It is unfortunate but that could impact the book reaching the audience size it deserves.

Powerful, insightful and inspiring. This book is a shining example of the indomitable nature of the human spirit. You can be kicked and kicked and stomped but you can still stand up in the end.

My Rating: 4.5 stars

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Author Biography:

Steve Rochinski is an independent jazz musician, educator, recording artist, composer, arranger, and author. He is a Professor Emeritus of harmony at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Over his more than 35 years on Berklee s faculty, he has earned an international reputation for being pretty good at what he does. In 2014, Steve received the Berklee Distinguished Faculty Award. He currently resides with his wife, Kathy, and their dog, Jacob, near the edge of the earth in Southeastern Massachusetts.

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Reviewed by: Mr. N


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