James Penhaligon I'm sure you aren't the only one. Thing is that an author has to write in the way he/she finds best, & hope more people will approve of the choices than will not. Taste, culture, individual preference, & many other factors will determine that, & nobody can please everybody. In my case, most readers have not found the present tense unpleasant to read, but to those who did I apologise.
Marlene Clark I teach memoir writing & would never criticize the choice of tense. Past tense is easier to write, & I commend the author for his choice. His telling of events are riveting. What is distracting are the grammatical errors. They spoil an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable read.