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"A writer with an enormous sense of humanity." —San Francisco Review of Books

The Consequence of Stars is the story of searching. Part travelogue and part memoir, these connected essays focus on our universal longing for home, our singular place in the world, in all its meanings. The author examines a modern life attempting to find balance after
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Published March 28th 2019 by Adelaide Books LLC
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Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Book Review by Pauline Reid 🔥 THE CONSEQUENCE OF STARS A Memoir of Home By David W. Berner
What This Book Is About.
This is a memoir, but set out more of a story telling book. We get to hear about the authors Mum and Dad and how his parents were bought up ... .. the second chapter, The Runaway ... when the author himself at the age of 7, decided to leave home, leaving a trial of devastation and sadness but actually causing the opposite effect to his Mum... and then going back because he remembere
Madeline Sharples
This book is so good, if I could give it ten stars I would. Read it and enjoy. You won't want to put it down. David Berner knows how to write. ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Home” as an eternal search

Chicago author David W. Berner has been around the block - he is an award-winning journalist, writer, documentarian, and an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago and has taught Writing for Radio, Radio Storytelling, and Radio/Audio Documentary in the Radio Department at CCC. David is also a radio journalist, reporting and anchor for Chicago’s WBBM Newsradio and a regular contributor to the CBS Radio Network. David’s audio documentaries have been heard on publ
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Consequence of Stars by David Berner is a poignant memoir about growing up and breaking away from previous generations entrenched in age-old traditions. Leaving behind a life surrounded by one’s church, hometown, family, and life-long friends, Berner spins into a fast-moving generation sparked by new possibilities. There is no compass for the newly-defined society of post-war upheaval, and like so many others, Berner is swept into a tide of change that affects his family, himself, and the wo ...more
Nancy Chadwick
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young kids hunkered at night inside on the floor of a home’s side porch. There’s Monopoly played and grilled cheese sandwiches eaten. Trees in the landscape and the sound of birds add an additional layer of memories. Berner opens with just a few of his many memories of home and takes us through his experiences, formative relationships with his family and friends and presents his work in well-placed dialogue with great attention to details. When following his gaze to the distant horizon, then up ...more
I was an early reader of this book as it was in publication, a read that is easy to get caught up in. A mix of travel. memoir, and zen-like thought about the beauty and importance of home in our lives. Poetic writing and heartfelt, all told in a series of short pieces that combine for one wonderful read.
Iliana Genkova
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well composed and beautifully written collection of vignettes on what and where home is. A thought provoking book on a topic we all relate to. The Runaway and The Cigarettes of Expatriates are my favorite chapters.
Berner's Consequence of Stars was such a refreshing read. What a joy to read about family and travel instead of angst and depression that fills too many of today's memoirs. This is a loosely connected collection of essays from a mature voice that reminds me of when first-person essays were meant to capture universalities instead of me-centric melodrama. The book contains several essays on American travel, from Florida to Pennsylvania and out West. "Slow Ride," about Berner's train ride form Seat ...more
LB Johnson
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I bought a paperback copy of this book as it's one I'm going to tuck in my travel bag and reread in bits and pieces in my travels. Mr. Berner has crafted a memoir that speaks to anyone that's left the confines of their childhood town and ventured out into places less traveled seeking their place in the world. It is visiting quiet places of reverence, to foreign lands of color and sound. It is finding out in remote places that your existence is not always necessary to others but it is ne ...more
Bill Mathis
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book to savor…
I enjoy personal essays that hook me into deeper thoughts and emotions. I enjoy memoirs that are more than a diary of one’s life, that also cause me to look deeper into my own life. David W Berner’s, The Consequence of Stars, is a book that combines essays linked with memoir around the idea of home, around the concept to make home wherever you find yourself. It is powerful and rich; a book I had to frequently pause reading in order to allow his words to sink in so my being could
Rita Dragonette
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Berner "owns" the genre of nostalgic personal memoir, as evidenced by this fifth book, an intimate and reflective sharing of the feelings and forces that exemplify his highly consequential sense of home. He's in a contemplative mood which he recounts with affectionate, yet sharply drawn episodes from his life. It's a warm passage by someone who makes you feel you grew up and traveled right along with him. Be prepared, it will open your own chest of memories. Keep a pencil handy. ...more
Wes Payton
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed reading The Consequence of Stars. David Berner has a clear, engaging voice. Each chapter reads as if a longtime friend is telling you a story of home.
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David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and teacher. As a writer, he has been the recipient of awards from the prestigious Society of Midland Authors and the Chicago Writers Association. David has more than forty years experience in broadcast journalism as a reporter, anchor, news director, and program director. He regularly contributes to the CBS Radio Network and has ...more

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