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Confessions of a Former Child: A Therapist's Memoir Paperback – April 29, 2008
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About the Author
Daniel J. Tomasulo is a psychologist, psychodrama trainer, and writer on faculty at New Jersey City University.
Top Customer Reviews
* It made me laugh out loud many times.
* I just had to share excerpts with my husband--it was too good to keep to myself.
* Passages moved me and expanded my world.
* I found myself relating and the book offered me a new perspective on my own parents and myself as a parent--it made me think and grow.
Tomasulo is a master storyteller and his childhood offers many great stories. It's the kind of book that makes you ask, "Why isn't my life as funny as this, or is he just better at seeing the humor in everything?"
I love the way he weaves vignettes together and brings things back around. And his stories about directing the traffic lights from his childhood apartment in NYC are among my favorite.
Looking forward to more from this author!
These and other stories are included in Daniel J. Tomasulo's Confressions of a Former Child: A Therapist's Memoir. Tomasulo's writing engaged me right from the beginning. His memories are written in a non-linear fashion, but he writes in such a way that it works. When he writes about his childhood, it's obvious he remembers how it feels to be a child. Some parts of this book are very funny and had me laughing out loud. I even read parts to Carl and he was laughing at it, too. Carl said he could see why I was enjoying the book.Read more ›
I knew the book would be a "great read" for all ages as I wrestled my nineteen year old son to get my copy back from him and a chance to devour another chapter. The stories captivated my attention from the start with funny anecdotes about family obligations, and heartfelt accounts of the emotions tied to the birth of a child, as well as the death of aging parents. A thoroughly delightful interpretation of life's twists and turns that keeps the reader enthralled from beginning to end. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be entertained and enlightened, as the stories in this memoir merge both wonderfully.
Tomasulo adroitly weaves episodes from his adult life with anecdotes from childhood, sussing out a constellation of relationships between events that span years and are sometimes unapparent. From an escapade with a childhood friend that nearly ends in tragedy, to his humorous attempt as an adult to run the New York City marathon, the author takes us on a jaunt across decades that is both entertaining and informative.
Written by a clinically-trained therapist, these divulgements are refreshingly intimate and down to earth, though laced with particular observations that would not be possible without his background. In part, this is what makes for such an interesting read, especially when Tomasulo explores the darker and more complicated history with his parents, and how his early familial relationships play out in adult life. Unexpectedly, I discovered that his own revelations prompted me to ponder my own experiences, especially the chapters in which he relates the use of "psychodrama" to come to grips with and achieve closure in physically inaccessible relationships with unfinished business.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's one of those books that you can not put down, that makes you laugh & cry and will give you insights in ways which will surprise you. Highly recommanded. ENJOY!Published on January 7, 2013 by afrombp
I found the book to be boring. I thought it was going to be a memoir of OCD, instead I felt it was a series of anecdotes.Published on February 3, 2012 by C. Jacobs
I really enjoyed the short stories compiled to form this memoir. You laugh, you cry, and you can't wait to read to see what happens next. Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by rasenne
This book gave me an insight on how childhood memories play out in adulthood... And have done so with great stories, in fact I was so much into the book that I missed to get off... Read morePublished on August 31, 2010 by Peter S
This book reminded me a little bit of the Tales of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, maybe not quite as good but close. Read morePublished on August 30, 2010 by Ima Reader
You can read this book in one sitting, and you'll want to.
I'll admit to a little bias, as I'm privileged to work some with Dan in another venue. Read more
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. There were time when I laughed so hard that I almost fell off my chair. There were other times when I moved to tears. Read morePublished on April 8, 2010 by B. Mclaughlin
This memoir deftly weaves incidents from the author's childhood in the wilds of New Jersey with insights from his life as a well-respected therapist. Read morePublished on February 18, 2010 by Liz Hill
Daniel Tomasulo's "Confessions of a Former Child" is one of the best books on personal growth and healing. Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by Ernest Dempsey