Date published: 2013
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via author
Brian C. Petti is a playwright and this book is a collection of the articles he wrote for his blog over a two-year period, 2011-2013. They encompass everything from stories from his Catholic childhood, his family, everyday life, the people he meets and anything else that takes his fancy. A completely eclectic mix.
Authors frequently say that they find inspiration in anything and everything. If Mr. Petti’s blog does anything it points to the truth of the saying. Pick a topic and he’s probably referred to it in one of his blogs. He tells whimsical tales from his childhood and youth, interspersed with more serious ones about life, health, his family, his plays and more. Some of the stories are definitely funny, others eyebrow raising and still others a comment on the world as we know it.
Mr. Petti is typical of many authors. He’s had some success, made some sales, got a core of readers and supporters, but is not likely to be making his fortune on Broadway in the immediate future. However his creative mind puts its own unique slant on life and, despite being neither male, nor catholic, nor a baseball fan, I enjoyed reading many of his tales.
I think it’s great to understand writers are humans with thoughts and feelings and lives outside their books and plays. For all those who disparage their work, there needs to be twice as many who read blogs like Mr. Petti’s and come to understand that life is a mixture of so many things, and joy comes from writing. The world’s definition of success is no guarantee of happiness. That comes from within.
With so much variety, the reader can dip into the book and pick and choose what they feel like reading in a given day.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.