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Attention. Deficit. Disorder. by Brad Listi
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May 08, 11

Read from May 01 to 07, 2011

This is a pretty quick read. The title is fitting in that many of the chapters are extremely brief, most being under four pages.
The story is told from the point of view of Wayne Fencer, a recent film school graduate from Colorado who goes on a quest to find himself after an ex-girlfriend commits suicide. The unexpected suicide of his ex leaves him questioning his purpose and what life is really all about.
He goes on a journey that is physical, mental, and spiritual. In the space of a year he finds himself in Cuba, on the Appalachian Trail, in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Reno, and finally in the middle of the desert with 25,000 other people who are similarly searching for what will fulfill them and what makes their lives worth living.
Listi is an excellent writer, painting a narrative that hooks you in and makes you feel like you're right there with Wayne. He intersperses definitions of words within the story that help to clarify how he's using a particular word and to emphasize that meaning. One would think that would be distracting, but as reader I found it added to the story. Listi also mixes in anecdotes and short tidbits of history and trivia that provide background and are truly entertaining and interesting in and of themselves.
It's a compelling story. I highly recommend it.
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