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Ghostbox: A Memoir
by Walter R. Jacobs (Goodreads Author)
Two years after Walter R. Jacobs was forced to call his new stepmother "Mom," she cancelled what would have been his 13th Christmas. In the memoir Ghostbox" Jacobs explores a life where family problems are blamed on "disrespectful" children who refused to accept "Mom's" authority. His stepmother is a "sociological ghost," a force that limited his thoughts and decisions unt ...more
Published June 11th 2007 by iUniverse
(first published June 1st 2007)
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I loved the honesty in this memoir, and the way the feelings were expressed with humor. It's the kind of topic that could have come off as angry, but while there is valid anger about the unfairness of what happened to Walter during his childhood, the writing is more exploratory and experimental. The book ended with resolution, but I have a feeling he has yet more to say. I hope to read more from Walter Jacobs in the near future.
Reading a memoir of someone whom I have actually met in person is a new experience for me. I was quickly drawn in because parts of his past reminded me of my own. I felt humbled to be a witness to the emotional journey he was on while writing his stories. I guess I should have expected that I would take a little journey of my own while reading this memoir. I finished the book a couple hours ago and my mind is flooded with memories and I am wondering if I have any talisman to put into a Ghostbox. ...more
Dean of the College of Social Sciences & Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.More about Walter R. Jacobs...