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Two Kisses for Maddy by Matthew Logelin
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Nov 25, 11

bookshelves: nonfiction, biography-memoir, audiobooks
Read from November 17 to 23, 2011

This memoir is billed as moving story of love and loss. Although the story is a sad one in the abstract, the writing and tone don't engage the reader's sympathies. In his introduction, the author announces that he makes no claim to be a writer, but that absolves neither him nor his publisher for the lack of craft in this book. Any narrative is a work of art, and for those requiring help in telling their stories, there are editors and ghostwriters.

The unnecessary profanity and crassness detracts from what is a truly tragic story, and the author makes no attempt to portray himself as likeable in any way, which undermines the reader's ability to sympathize with him. He further distances himself from the ordinary reader by repeatedly name dropping numerous luxuries such as the jeweler Tiffany & Co. and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The author includes details that are to his detriment (for example he describes in-depth the obscenities that he hurled at the grief counselor and priest who approach him while the emergency team try to revive his wife as well as his continued animosity towards them) and details that distract from the story such as how his daughter had acquired almost 10000 frequent flyer miles by the time she was one year old, but he omits those that would enrich the story.

Then once he brings baby Maddy home from the hospital, the story leaps ahead weeks and months at a time. All the trivial details that he delves into during earlier events would have created some very powerful scenes if they had been related at this point in the narrative in regards to his new life alone with his newborn child. But instead he charges ahead and glosses over most things until her first birthday.
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Reading Progress

11/18/2011 "I'm on disc 2. I agree with the reviews that said this book contains a lot of unnecessary profanity. The verb tenses are also very strange. The author repeatedly discusses something he and his wife planned to do at various points in their lives in a way that suggests that they never did."
11/21/2011 "I'm on disc 3. The author doesn't make any attempt to make himself likeable."
11/22/2011 "I'm on disc 5."

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Judy Goodwin Don't think I'll rush out to get this one!


Krista You don't feel his pain? How? Matt's writing is pure raw emotion. Did you read the blog?


Krista Also, his use of profanity is part of why people (particularly those who had been following his journey long before the book was published) related so well. He pulls no punches in this book just as he did in his writing on the blog. Readers even asked him not to censor himself while writing the book. It's real and that is exactly as it should be. It shouldn't be a candy coated censored book. When someone's angry, they curse. I'd much rather read the authors true feelings and words as opposed to some editors censored version.


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