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A unique and ambitious contribution to the annals of the memoir genre. It tells the story of a Washington, D.C. journalist-turned-lobbyist who disguises his bipolar disorder as well as his estrangement from his parents and heads out on a five-week cross-country U.S. road trip, engaging with creative and generous individuals who trigger in the author a yearning to pursue an ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published October 16th 2014 by Black Rose Writing
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Jessica McCann
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Ross' memoir contains all the things I enjoy most about this genre. I veer from celebrity memoirs, which too often contain high drama, glitz and narcissism. I prefer memoirs by ordinary people, dealing with life, overcoming obstacles and learning something along the way that they have the courage to share with the rest of us. Ross delivered this in a quiet way with clean, entertaining prose.

After an engaging introduction, the book begins with the author embarking on a business road trip
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Jeanne
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Required reading for every artist!

I had been following Patrick Ross's blog, The Artist's Road, with pleasure for quite some time before I purchased a copy of his book, COMMITTED: A MEMOIR OF THE ARTIST'S ROAD. The book does not disappoint.

Part memoir, part exploration of the creative process, Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road is a narrative of Ross's experiences and revelations during a five-week cross-country journey to interview various artists about copyright infringement for a documen
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Melissa Crytzer Fry
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a refreshing way to start 2015: reading a new genre! Yes, believe it or not, I am a first-time memoir reader and might have missed out if not for getting to know Patrick Ross through his Artist’s Road blog over the past few years.

I’m not sure all memoirs are like his, but Ross’s COMMITTED offers a refreshing literary style with beautiful turns of phrase (many relating to the physical environment he travels during a road trip). It also tackles the tough issues of mental health and the commo
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Sherrey
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction
Patrick Ross took me on a five-week road trip from Portland, Maine, to my hometown of Portland, Oregon. I should clarify and point out that it wasn't a journey we made together, in the same vehicle, on the same plane or train. It's what I felt as a I read Patrick's memoir, Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road. ...

Evocative of William Least Heat-Moon's famous, Blue Highways, Patrick, by this time a journalist-turned-lobbyist, travels from one end of our country to the other interviewing artis
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P.J. Reece
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
First of all, I only give 5-stars to Virginia Woolf, so 4-stars is high praise coming from a crank like me. Patrick's road story turns out to be a portrait of America, which, as a non-American, I appreciated, especially since, to a non-America, America is not always a pretty sight. But Patrick Ross turns out to be a refreshing sight indeed, and by that I mean he tells the bare-assed truth or he doesn't bother to say anything at all. What a relief to read a writer who calls it like it is -- from ...more
Wendy Christopher
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes memoirs
I've read a few memoirs/autobiographies in the past. They have mostly been written by comedians - not sure why I'm drawn to them in particular, but they've never disappointed so I'm not going to analyse it too deeply. I've read one memoir written by a writer - 'On Writing,' by Stephen King. But I was drawn to reading 'Committed' after discovering Patrick Ross's online blog; something about his engaging, conversational tone and genuinely sincere interaction with his 'audience' made me confident t ...more
K.M. Weiland
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
In most books, we're lucky to get to glean from the experiences and wisdom of one person, but Ross's unique approach to the memoir offers the creative insights of dozens of artists, working in all sorts of media. Woven throughout is the undercurrent of creativity: its risks, its costs, and its rewards. Ross's unique creative burden - familial and personal - bring an interesting spin to the tale, but still offers a reflective mirror in which anyone on the artist's road will be able to see a famil ...more
Cynthia
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Having given up writing for many years to earn a living and raise my family, I found Patrick Ross’s journey, and his questions about having given up on writing early in life, one to which I could easily relate. Sometimes when we are very young we tell ourselves we aren’t good enough, that no one will be interested in listening to what we have to say, that money has to be made and obligations must be met – that last is true, but what does it really mean to meet our obligations? And why does meeti ...more
Esther Bradley-detally
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Ross's books is more than a good read. Committed, a memoir of The Artist's Road (his very fine blog) is unique, courageous, sensitive and highly worth reading.

Patrick Ross is a professional storyteller who spent a decade as an award-winning journalist covering D.C. politics, having worked with a U.S. senator.

The theme, or one of the many themes in his account of a cross-country trip, focuses on the artist's commitment. He interviews artists who are comitted to an authentic, and purposef
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Donna
Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road This is actually the first time I’ve read a memoir; I’m not typically drawn to them, to be truthful. But having become aware of Patrick Ross through social media (can’t recall if it was Twitter or through a blog), I was attracted to the high quality of his blog posts, their content usually being on the intellectual side. In turn, I became aware of Committed and knew I’d be purchasing the book as soon as it was released. This personal story is written ...more
Carrie
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was really fortunate to get an early copy of Patrick's memoir Committed. Once I started it, I didn't want to put it down! The story Patrick shares is one that many creatives know: the discovery and act of embracing our creativity, which doesn't always come easily. Patrick shares his battle to becoming a Committed Creative and I am a better person for having read his work.

I completed a video review of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road where I draw and doodle about the book while I discu
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Lynne Spreen
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this memoir a lot more at the beginning, but I couldn't reconcile the earnest-but-challenged dad/husband with the person the writer becomes later in the book. I started losing interest when he described visiting Cheyenne, Wyoming. At about 85% I started skimming. ...more
Michelle
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The value of the best memoir is in how it both brings us into the life of another and teaches us something about ourselves. Patrick Ross' "Committed" takes us on a beautifully written journey both literally and figuratively and looks at how sometimes the creative path isn't about discovering who we are as much as allowing ourselves to BE who we are. The artists he visits along the way are perfect in their imperfection. As much as I highly recommend this to the creative or aspiring creative, this ...more
Nicki Chen
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Ross takes us across the country as he interviews writers, musicians, and artists about the creative process. In the process, he reveals his difficult family history and his struggles with bi-polar disease. The trip leads him to realize how important it is for him to live a life committed to art.
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