Waiting for Pops: A Journey from Boy to Man
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Waiting for Pops: A Journey from Boy to Man

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Waiting For Pops, a mainstream biographical novel, is a tale of a young boy’s appalling mistreatment at the hands of his alcoholic mother. It is a tale of spousal secrets and parental lies. It is a tale of love, friendship, and, above all else, betrayal. Pops is seen through the eyes of an innocent boy growing steadily into manhood in 1950s Chicago. Johnny Ryba tells his s...more
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Published October 27th 2010 by John Philip Riffice
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I absolutely loved this book! I was very shocked. It started out as a great novel about a boy who was dealing with alot of life issues. His mother and fathers arguments, his mother's drinking problems, and the loss of his father. This book took you on a journey back to childhood memories of your own. Through the character Johnny, you see alot of yourself and experiences that you have once experienced yourself as a child in some sort of way. You get so emotionally attached to the characters that...more
Johnny's father dies when he is young, leaving his mother to raise him and his autistic sister. She cannot cope and turns to scotch leaving Johnny to parent himself and his sister Rosie (until she can not cope with that either and Palces Rosie in a sanatorium). Johnny's reflections on his life and first love are insightful and sad at times. Then after a large time gap, we find how much his life has been affected by his dysfunctional parents. And the final confrontation at the end of the book is...more
Karen Funke
Apr 07, 2011 Karen Funke is currently reading it
I just started WAITING FOR POPS by John Riffice and I can hardly put it down... I wish I didn't have to go to work: it interrupts my read-time! It has brought me back to my high school days. I'll post a comment when I'm finished!
Johnny's teenage years growing up in 1950s Chicago involve dealing with many of the rites of passage familiar to all boys, like first dates and kisses. His story though is also one of a boy growing into a man having to deal with his father's death, his mother's alcholism and his sister's admission to a sanatorium as they struggle to cope with her autism. He grows up with memories of wonderful times with his father while being angry with his mother, believing she is the root of all their problems...more
A Gently Whispered American Family Epic

John Philip Riffice has produced a biography/memoir of his life as a child in Illinois and the family of which he was a part. While there are countless such books published in good faith every year, few of them are as genuinely touching and absorbing as this book WAITING FOR POPS: A JOURNEY FORM BOY TO MAN. While the book does not declare itself to be a memoir, it is so pungent in detail and in emotional appeal that it would be surprising if it were solely...more
Biographies are a double edged sword; I find that reading them leaves me with mixed feelings. There’s a special kind of beauty that only they can achieve, but it comes with the price of a special kind of sadness, too. The sort that only true life really brings you

I loved reading this book. I loved all the childhood and growing up moments, and I guess I liked the grown-up moments a little less. Not because they weren’t written well, quite the contrary. It’s a part of life that we never really gr...more
Joy H.
Apr 02, 2011 Joy H. marked it as keep-in-mind
_Waiting for Pops_ (ebook) (2010) by John Riffice
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On GR list: "Best Teen Books About Real Problems"
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