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  • 09/2021
  • 978-1-64719-698-1
  • 280 pages
  • $17.95
John E. Budzinski
Author
Life Goes On: Wait, wait. There's more to the story!

What do you say to Saint Peter as he escords you to see THE BOSS - to talk about your Permanent Record - your legacy? Where you just a victim of circumstances, or is there more to the story...?

Reviews
Budzinski (Nothing Special—Just a Life) delivers a lighthearted yet deeply thoughtful second installment of his planned three-book memoir series. Imagining a series of tongue-in-cheek conversations with St. Peter at the pearly gates, Budzinski revisits significant moments in his life that he feels may not be accurately reflected in St. Peter’s weighty “permanent record.” Declaring that there is nearly always “more to the story,” Budzinski undertakes a tour through a wide variety of his experiences, elaborating on spelling bees, bad bosses, dating through classified ads, always reflecting on his life and the legacy he will leave behind.

That tour through the past often finds Budzinski in a deeply introspective mode, mulling over the reasons behind his choices and considering how his strong opinions and nonconformist nature have affected how others see him. His self-analysis is nuanced and honest, giving just as much attention to his regrets and rough edges as he does to his strengths. Even as he focuses on himself, he never forgets his readers, addressing them often and continually inviting them into his stories by prompting them to think about their own. His casual, inviting tone and wry sense of humor give the book the feeling of a punchy but intimate late-night conversation in a coffeehouse.

The many subjects and stories often overlap, and Budzinski regularly circles back to previously mentioned ideas, making the book’s structure occasionally chaotic. But while his tales may appear to stack up haphazardly, readers will continually find gems of insight within them, some amusing, some heartening, some poignant. “Our stories do matter,” Budzinski declares, and in his last chapter, he reveals how telling his story led him to a discovery on the nature of legacy that is both surprising and satisfying. This memoir offers a lively but pointed examination of the author’s life, and encourages readers to take a similar look at their own.

Takeaway: An earnest, heartfelt memoir that invites reflection on life’s ups and downs.

Great for fans of: Dave Barry, Mike Royko

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 09/2021
  • 978-1-64719-698-1
  • 280 pages
  • $17.95

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