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
Published (first published March 30th 2011)
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Paul
Told in reminiscences, this novel is one person's story of growing up in 1950s Chicago. It is not a very pretty picture.

Johnny Ryba was your average resident of post-war America. Dad worked long hours driving a forklift. He was offered lots of weekend hours, but refused them all, preferring to spend weekends at home. Mom stayed at home, and started drinking. An occasional beer turned into scotch every day. Being the sole care-giver for Rosie, his younger sister who was severely autistic, might h...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
"I guess what shocked me the most wasn't what Mom said, but more the fact that she sounded fun, you know, like Pops was." Page 64

Pops was always polite and a great dad...Mom on the other hand started drinking and made life miserable for the entire family. Poor Johnny Ryba.....it was difficult to have a mother like he did. He was thankful for his dad.

WAITING FOR POPS is a nostalgic trip back to the 50's with Johnny Ryba and his family. The book is told through Johnny's eyes as he weaves from the...more
Mayara Arend
Summary from Amazon: 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 1950's Chicago. Johnny Ryba tells his story and transports the reader into his small, blue-collar existence - his mother's alcoholism, his muc...more
Jude
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Bitersweet.

If I had to describe this book in one word that would be it. Bitersweet.

It was such a beautiful book, but at the same time, very sad. Though I think those two kinda go hand in hand. Can’t have on without the other.

You start the book with Johnny as a kid, you see through his innocent eyes his circumstances and his current superhero: his dad. I felt sorry for him a few times, but also sympathized so much with him.

You advance into his teen years a...more
Albert
Oh so where to start with this one. First, the story takes you bake to a time that as an adult you look back on fondly. Memories of the old neighborhood, you know, before things got complicated. Second, you learn about the happenings in the lives of the characters through the eyes of a boy that has learned more than most, keep quiet and you will learn something. If you are looking for a book that takes you back while fulfilling your need for gossip and finger pointing, this is the one.
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